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Warburtons adds Fuso eCanter to fleet

UK bakery giant Warburtons has added an all-electric Fuso eCanter to its fleet.

The 7.5-tonne Fuso eCanter’s electric drivetrain employs six 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries with a total power output of 82.8 kWh (66 kWh usable).

The permanent-magnet motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. A single charge gives the truck an effective operating range of more than 100 km, which is ample for many urban delivery applications.

Warburtons national transport manager Steve Gray said: “We’re conscious of the increasing prevalence of emissions-based restrictions, particularly in city centres, and appreciate that there’s only one direction of travel.

“Zero-emission truck technology is still in its infancy, of course, but the limitations on range which remain the biggest barrier to widespread adoption are not necessarily an issue for Warburtons.

“This is because many of our trucks are already on low-mileage work. We’ve therefore decided to acquire a Fuso eCanter, as this vehicle aligns perfectly with our operating profile.”

Warburtons operates from headquarters in Bolton. The company’s ‘primary’ fleet of 125 tractor units trunks nightly between a nationwide network of bakeries, each of which specialises in a different product range.

The eCanter has joined its ‘secondary fleet’ of 800 rigid trucks, which undertake local deliveries to customers from 23 locations stretching from Aberdeen to Newton Abbot.

Grey added: “Our first impressions of the eCanter are certainly positive. Its range is more than adequate for our needs and it has been well received by our drivers.

“It’s smaller than a conventional 7.5-tonner and this compact footprint, coupled with an excellent turning circle that makes it highly manoeuvrable, is a definite advantage for city centre work.”