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Daimler’s small electric trucks are coming to America – The Verge

Daimler AG announced today that it’s bringing the Mitsubishi FUSO eCanter short-range electric truck to the United States. The first commercial partner is UPS, which will use three of the trucks in “locations to be determined.” Daimler had previously struck a deal with Seven-Eleven to send 25 of the trucks to Japan, and put them into production earlier this summer.

Four New York City-based nonprofit organizations will also receive a small fleet of eCanter trucks: the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Reuse Brooklyn. The trucks will be provided to UPS and the NGOs on a two-year lease basis.

The truck is best suited in cities or small areas, as it has a range of about 62 miles, thanks to six battery packs that combine to make about 83kWh of usable energy. The trucks can carry three to four and a half tons of cargo, which is a few tons less than the diesel equivalent, but they’re quieter, and emissions-free. In the long run, the electric version should also be cheaper. Daimler says it will save about $2,000 in operating costs for every 10,000 miles driven.

Adding electric trucks to the fleet isn’t a new concept for UPS, which says it operates more than 8,500 “alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles,” including 770 electric or hybrid vehicles in cities around the world.

Daimler’s small electric trucks are coming to America – The Verge

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