Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (FUSO) developed a new gasoline powertrain for its FE Series medium-duty cabover trucks. Also, the company showed a prototype of the new truck at its press conference. This addition to the FUSO line reflects a significant expansion of the firm’s commercial truck product line.
All three FUSO models, the FE130, FE160 and FE180, will be powered by a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6.0L V8, coupled to a best-in-class Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission —making these the only gas trucks in their class to offer PTO capability. bit.ly/FUSOFESeries
The new V8 gas engine models will also be the first FUSO vehicles to be assembled in the United States. Daimler’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation will perform the work at its Gaffney, South Carolina, plant, using engines and transmissions built in the U.S., and chassis, cabs and axles sourced from FUSO in Europe and Japan.
FUSO is offering this powerful gas truck in Class 3 and 4, but also as the industry’s only Class 5 gas-powered model. FUSO also announced it will bring limited-production line fully electric trucks to market in the U.S., Japan and Europe before the end of 2017. The company has dubbed this new, all-electric, battery-powered medium-duty work truck the eCanter. It will be the first 100 percent plug-in electric work truck designed and produced by a major truck manufacturer, and the first production models are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. later this year.
The eCanter (shown) is a Class 4 truck with a 15,995 lb. GVWR and a payload capacity of roughly 9,380 lb. It has a practical range up to 100 miles, one- hour quick charge capability, and standard 8-hour overnight charge. The eCanter offers flexible battery configurations, so end-users can choose between maximizing the eCanter’s range to its full capacity of 100 miles, and working with a somewhat smaller range.