Mitsubishi Fuso to Launch 'World's 1st' Electric Truck in Japan (2)

Nov 10, 2017
Kaoru Kubono

Continued from Mitsubishi Fuso to Launch 'World's 1st' Electric Truck in Japan (1)

The battery, motor, inverter, etc, which are the main components of the electric truck, are procured from European, South Korean and the US companies. The capacity of the Li-ion battery (the most important component) is 66kWh per truck. It is realized by connecting six 11kWh battery packs.

The location of the Li-ion battery

Two longitudinally-arranged battery packs are located on each of the right and left sides between the front and rear wheels. The remaining two packs are stacked in the center front part of the vehicle to secure a place for a motor. Mitsubishi Fuso will change the number of battery packs in accordance with the demands in each market. As a result, it becomes easier to adjust drive range, vehicle price, etc.

The battery cells are purchased from South Korea-based SK innovation Co Ltd. They are assembled into modules, packs, etc at Germany-based Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co KG, a battery manufacturer affiliated with the Daimler group. The number of cells is 100 per pack and 600 per truck.

Battery shared with Mercedes-Benz PHEVs

For the eCanter, a pouch-type cell was employed. There were other candidates such as the "18650" cell (diameter: 18mm, length: 65.0mm), which was employed by Tesla Inc and is used for consumer products in large quantities, and angular cells. However, in consideration of the Daimler group's global procurement, the pouch-type cell is competitive, Mitsubishi Fuso said.

"CHAdeMO," a mainstream charging method used in Japan, was employed.

The battery pack of the eCanter will also be used for the "S Class PHEV" and "GLE PHEV" plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), which are scheduled to be mass-produced under the Mercedes-Benz brand. Mitsubishi Fuso considers that, if the production volume increases and it becomes possible to design a battery pack only for the truck, the number of batteries per truck can be increased.

For the eCanter, "CHAdeMO," a mainstream charging method used in Japan, was employed. It takes about 11 hours to charge the truck in the case of normal charging (voltage: 200V) and about 1.5 hours in the case of rapid charging.

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