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Gearing up with e-mobility

Zero-emissions and quiet: three eCanters from the Daimler subsidiary Fuso have joined DB Schenker’s fleet – one of them will operate on the streets of Berlin

Photo: Daimler AG

The eCanter, manufactured by the Daimler subsidiary Fuso, is the world’s first fully electric truck from serial production – and DB Schenker is one of the first fleet operators in Europe to use the 7.49-ton truck. The company took delivery of three trucks shortly before the turn of the year. DB Schenker plans to test the eCanter under real-life conditions in inner-city logistics, with one of the trucks destined to be used to collect and deliver general cargo in downtown Berlin.


“At DB Schenker, we have been working for years toward becoming the global leader in ‘green’ logistics for our customers,” said COO Ewald Kaiser. “Using the new eCanter is the next logical step to further expand our existing eco-friendly solutions in land transport.”


This zero-emission and zero-noise vehicle delivers 129 kW (175 hp). The electric power train contains six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420 volt and 13.8 kilowatt hours (kWh) each. The maximum speed is limited to 80 kilometers per hour, and the batteries allow for a range of more than 100 kilometers – both sufficient for inner-city distribution. The eCanter went into serial production in July 2017 and celebrated its global market launch in New York in mid-September.