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Mitsubishi-Fuso to Market World's Premier Power-Driven Truck

By September 19, 2017 at 12:17 am
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The development of EV in full swing the world over, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation now markets the world's first mass-produced electrically powered truck, the company revealed in New York, September 14.

Power-driven trucks have thus far been individually built by some enterprises but this is the first case of an automaker embarking on the mass production and marketing of power-driven trucks. 

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The type of power-driven truck in question is medium in size that loads up to 3.6 tons and runs 100-130 km per charge intended for service in large cities in the US and Japan where delivery distances are relatively short. 

Meanwhile, the world automakers are busy stepping up their R&D of EV to meet tightening emission regulations in Europe and China.

The US EV manufacturer Tesla bared its own plan, September 13, to introduce its first power-driven truck later next month. The company now promotes EV not only in passenger cars but commercial vehicles as well.

President & CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Marc Llistosella, comments:

"The diesel engine has continually evolved in the course of its 125-year history. We now want to brush up our motorization know-how."

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses, head-officed in Kawasaki, Nakagawa, Japan. The company was established in 2003 shared by DaimerChrysler, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and other Mitsubishi companies at 43-, 42- and 15-percent, respectively. Currently,

German-based Daimler AG owns 89.29% its shares.

Early in June this year, Daimler announced its plan to mass-produce Trucks in Thailand - 3000 per annum of Fuso brands starting early in 2018. They plan to set up an assembly line near Thailand's largest port, Laem Chabang Port, looking for an annual output of 1000 in the first year of production in 2018. (Nathan Shiga) 

Source: NHK, Nikkei

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