UK tool and equipment hire specialist Speedy Services has taken delivery of its first two Fuso eCanters, both with an operating range of more than 62 miles on a single charge, ample for its urban delivery work.
One of the 7.5 tonners is based at a depot near Whitehaven, Cumbria, which supplies contractors working at the Sellafield former nuclear power and fuel reprocessing site, while the other works from a branch in Warrington, where it serves a client base comprised largely of building firms.
The eCanter’s electric drivetrain employs six 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries with a total power output of 82.8 kWh – 66 kWh usable – while its permanent-magnet motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle.
Speedy’s fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles includes 50 at 7.5-tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).
The new eCanters are the subject of a contract hire agreement with Daimler Truck Financial Services and fitted with plant-carrying platform bodies by Bevan Group.
These have dropsides incorporating the Black Country bodybuilder’s patented Safe-T-Drop system.