In October, Australia Post will become the first local customer of Mitsubishi’s eCanter, a series-produced all-electric house developed by Mitsubishi as a contemporary (and stylish) solution to typical urban environmental issues for fleets such as exhaust gas, CO2 emissions, and noise.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is headquartered in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan), and is pleased to provide its latest ecologically minded fleet vehicle across the Philippine Sea to its southern neighbor. Australia Post is a federal enterprise that provides postal services in Australia with the largest electric fleet in the country (3,000+ vehicles). Australia Post and the Australian government expect the eCanters to help the Post reduce overall emissions by 15% by 2025.
Startrack—an Australian Post subsidiary—will operate the eCanter and support logistics across the fleet. The trucks will also be supported by the FUSO retail network and e-mobility professionals of Daimler Truck and Bus Australia, which oversees the import and distribution of Freightliner-, Mercedes-Benz-, and FUSO-brand vehicles in Australia.
The eCanter will ship from Tramagal, Portugal, and come equipped with the same standard specifications as the models currently available in Japan and across greater Europe. To support safe urban driving environments, the eCanter comes with advanced safety features such as Lane Departure Warning Systems, Advanced Emergency Brake Systems, and an Electronic Stability Program. The eCanter underwent stringent testing protocols over a six-month period, always operating with a maximum load.
The eCanter falls within the 7.5-ton gross vehicle weight class and carries an expected range of about 100 kilometers per charge. The electric drive system features a motor (135 kW maximum output; 390 Nm maximum torque) and six high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs. The vehicle takes about 90 minutes to fully charge at quick-charging stations.