Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp (Mitsubishi Fuso) exhibited a concept model of a large-size electric truck (EV truck) at Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which was open to the public from Oct 28 to Nov 5, 2017.
Mitsubishi Fuso is a company affiliated with Germany-based Daimler AG.
The total mass of the vehicle, "Vision One," is 23.26t, and its maximum loading capacity is expected to be 11.11t. Expected to be used for transportation between bases in a city, it realizes a drive range of 350km (approx 217 miles) per charge.
For realizing an EV truck with a drive range of 350km, it is necessary to improve battery technologies. Mitsubishi Fuso is developing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in cooperation with the technical team of "Mercedes-Benz," a luxury car brand of the Daimler group.
"We will lower costs by globally sharing batteries (in the Daimler group)," Mitsubishi Fuso said.
Mitsubishi Fuso launched the "eCanter" compact EV truck in the Japanese market in October 2017 (Mitsubishi Fuso to Launch 'World's 1st' Electric Truck in Japan). The total battery capacity of the eCanter is 66kWh, which is realized by connecting six 11kWh battery packs. The battery cells are procured from South Korea-based SK innovation Co Ltd, and the cells are assembled into modules and packs at Germany-based Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co KG, a battery manufacturer affiliated with the Daimler group.
The battery pack of the eCanter will also be used for the "S Class PHEV" and "GLE PHEV" plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), which are scheduled to be mass-produced under the Mercedes-Benz brand. And Mitsubishi Fuso plans to employ the battery pack for the Vision One.
Mitsubishi Fuso, which is developing EVs for all kinds of vehicles from small- to large-size vehicles, announced Oct 25, 2017, that it has established the "E-Fuso" commercial EV brand. Under the new brand, the company is in a hurry to develop large-size EV trucks ahead of its competitors.