DB Schenker is becoming more and more electro-mobile. In March, the logistics service provider took over four brand new Fuso eCanter in Frankfurt am Main, in Stuttgart and in the French capital Paris. The electrically powered 7.5-tonner will now be used in the day-to-day business of the logistics company.
In doing so, DB Schenker is reacting to the transforming mobility in Europe. The logistics service provider has already gained some experience with electric trucks. “Our goal is to be able to bring goods into the inner cities even more sustainably and independently of driving bans in the future,” says Tristan Keusgen, Head of European Fleet Management DB Schenker. “So far we have gained valuable experience with the FUSO eCanter – it is very well suited to serve our customers in major cities such as Paris and Frankfurt.”
In Berlin, for example, the company has been using e-trucks for some time – including an eCanter – and testing their use in mixed fleets.
DB Schenker is now planning around four tours for two eCanter in France with 10 to 12 stops per day in the Greater Paris area. In the Stuttgart area, an eCanter is also on the road supplying customers emission-free and whisper-quiet in inner-city areas.
A 100 kilometer range for the city
Similarly in Frankfurt am Main: The Frankfurt office for land transport registers more than 3000 shipments in the entrance and exit. 260 employees ensure that the location in the east of the city hardly ever rests. Around 100 trucks of all sizes will be used – and now at the beginning of the e-mobile age, an eCanter.
With a range of 100 kilometers, this is a true electric workhorse. It consumes 66 kilowatts, and the vehicle can take up to 3.5 tons of payload – an increase in load compared to diesel vehicles. Overnight charging – depending on availability with AC or DC chargers. With a fast charger, the charging time can be reduced to around one and a half hours.
First series production of a fully electric truck
The Daimler subsidiary Fuso is the first global manufacturer to mass-produce a fully electric truck. The eCanter have been manufactured in Portugal and in Japan since 2017. “In Europe alone, we will be using around 100 eCanter by the end of the year,” emphasizes Harald Schmid, Fuso sales manager for Europe and the USA. As a result, the company has an enormous amount of data to further develop the vehicles and adapt them to the requirements of the customers. “We look forward to cooperating more intensively with DB Schenker on the electrification of inner-city distribution traffic in the future. The positive feedback on operation so far makes us proud – and is also an incentive to further improve the FUSO eCanter,” says Schmid.
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Driver Stefan Dieme from the Frankfurt office has long made friends with the vehicle. He raves about the quiet in the cockpit, its maneuverability and the great pull-through as you accelerate. “The torque is immediately there!” says Dieme enthusiastically. For many years he has driven a classic 40-tonner. His diesel is loud but he does not miss it.