International logistics service provider DB Schenker and Fuso, a Daimler Trucks brand, said they will further expand their partnership in the field of e-mobility. In the coming months, DB Schenker will bring a total of 36 additional Fuso eCanter vehicles into operation in 11 European countries.
DB Schenker has already been using the Fuso eCanter in Berlin since 2018 delivering packaged goods in the city center. Since 2019, the company has added further vehicles in Paris, Frankfurt and the Stuttgart area.
“DB Schenker is a pioneer for innovations in logistics, and now we are becoming the leading provider of green logistics,” said. Cyrille Bonjean, head of Land Transport Europe at DB Schenker. “We focus on sustainability, from the first to the last mile.
“Emission-free logistics in cities is already possible today, as we are demonstrating throughout Europe together with Fuso and the new eCanter. We are proud that we were able to secure a significant portion of the eCanter production run from this year for us. What that means for our customers: they continue to get the same service but with zero local emissions.”
Fuso is currently producing the 36 new vehicles for DB Schenker at its European plant in Tramagal, Portugal. In the next few weeks, they will be equipped with box bodies and tail lifts from various bodybuilders. The final handovers of the Fuso eCanter vehicles to DB Schenker will start successively before the end of the year at the various locations of the logistics company.
DB Schenker will use the all-electric light-duty trucks with an output of 129 kW and a payload of up to 3.2 tons for urban short-radius distribution in major European cities such as Oslo, Copenhagen, Madrid, Salzburg, Vienna, Hamburg, Rome and Milan. In total, DB Schenker’s electric light-duty trucks deliver to inner-city locations in 20 European cities in Germany, Finland, Denmark, the U.K., France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Spain and Italy.
This also means, the FUSO eCanter will be making its market entries in Finland, Austria, Spain and Italy. The 7.49-tonne truck vehicles offers a range of at least 100 km and are thus able to cover the requirements of DB Schenker in inner-city short-radius distribution without problem. The vehicles are charged simply overnight either with alternating current or direct current chargers depending on availability. Charging can be reduced to around 90 minutes if a high-speed charger is used.
By intensifying their partnership, DB Schenker will become Fuso’s largest electric fleet customer with a total of 41 eCanter vehicles in daily operations. Experience gained with the FUSO eCanter to date has been consistently positive, DB Schenker said. Another truck from the Daimler Truck Portfolio, the Mercedes-Benz eActros, is also in service for DB Schenker in Leipzig as part of Mercedes-Benz’s innovation fleet.