When it comes to being number one, the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid has clinched that spot for the second consecutive year. Offering their customers the best in design, comfort, and function, this hybrid is well deserved of this prestigious award.
Earning the “Irish Green Commercial of the Year” recognition from a judging panel of over 700 industry experts is no small deal. However, the Fuso Canter made it look like child’s play with the votes of all of the judges across the board. These judges consisted of professionals in the automotive industry such as engineers, driving instructors, and automotive journalists. The judging for this award comprised of categories similar to the award for “International Truck of the Year.” These environmentally friendly trucks are judged on 12 different sets of criteria with seven points maximum to be awarded in each category. The areas that were focused on for this outstanding achievement are power/weight ratio, fuel efficiency, handling, cab equipment, driving and ride comfort, and appointments.
This powerful, yet efficient fleet of vehicles is the leaders in their field of light-weight trucks when it comes to hybrid technology. Erik Rnnefarth, Manager Marketing and Product Fuso Europe, at the “Fleet Transport Energy Futures Forum 2014”, commented, “Fuso, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles in Asia, is the global leader in hybrid technology for the truck segment and has more than 20 years of experience in this field. He also pointed out that the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids are currently in service with various trucking and transport companies all over the world. There are over 2000 of these vehicles being used by companies to cut down on fuel costs and helping to preserve the environment at the same time. With this many award winning eco-friendly vehicles on the road, the benefits are universal. As a matter of fact, these engineering wonders have already earned many awards in Europe and Japan for their performance.
With up to 23% less fuel usage than compared diesel truck models, these vehicles are able to pay for themselves within three to four years in fuel economy alone. Housing a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, this vehicle is no slouch. It has the capability of transporting the same heavy loads that the diesel guzzling counterparts deliver. This light-weight truck has an output of 150 horsepower combined with a 40 KW electric motor. More than enough to power these vehicles while maintaining a load capacity of 4.8 ton. With all of this tonnage availability, the Canter is on top of the list even when compared with 7.5 ton trucks.
Although these trucks are deemed the cream of the crop in eco-friendly and efficient commercial vehicles, that has not stopped the Fuso from continually developing new and better technology. They have improved on the E-Cell with a new emission-free and battery-powered Canter. This example of the first small production of these all-electric commercial trucks was unveiled by Fuso at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show. These completely electric light-weight trucks are silent and emission-free.
The Fuso did not stop at the engineering and power aspects of improving their Canter models. Further enhancements have been done on specific safety features and they have expanded their line of models to include different models. These additions add to the value of the overall appeal of these highly sought after eco-friendly transport vehicles. With the addition of extra comfort and functionality of the driving aspects of these trucks, the Canter is quickly becoming the sought after light-trucks for manufacturers and businesses all over the world.
When it comes to everything that an eco-friendly light transport vehicle has to offer owners, the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is covering all of the criteria. Winning the “Irish Green Commercial of the Year” award for the second year in a row is proof that this fleet of light-duty commercial trucks is the future of the light transportation industry.