Last Friday saw the official launch of the FUSO eCanter in the UK, where the first UK-based vehicles were handed over to customers; namely Hovis, Wincanton & DPD.
It was a genuinely inspiring, thought-provoking and interesting event and I was proud to be a part of the start of the future of the UK transport industry.
With guest presenters, including Michael Liebreich (Non-Executive Board Member of Transport for London and Founder/CEO of Liebreich Associates) and Lars Thomsen (Future Scientist & Expert in Energy and Mobility), the day not only unveiled the new eCanter, but also discussed the future of the transport industry and predicted trends and developments regarding energy and technology going forward.
With population, pollution and traffic congestion in UK cities increasing, something needs to be done to help make our cities greener – and Mercedes Benz Trucks are doing just this! Electrification of vehicles, autonomous driving and connectivity were just three agenda items on the day and it was fascinating to hear what’s in store for Mercedes Benz and FUSO trucks.
The improvement in the eCanter’s range from 100km to 140km in just 6 months highlights how quickly things are developing with regards to electric vehicles, and the eActros is also currently being tested in Germany and Switzerland. These exciting developments are expected to completely change the industry we operate in and the pace of this change makes it all the more exciting!
With the opportunity to drive the eCanter and test its capabilities first-hand (and a few scared faces from my colleagues as I jumped into the driver’s seat!), I was shocked at how easy it was to manoeuvre and the power it had, despite being solely battery operated. What’s more, although it may sound obvious, the most shocking thing I noticed was the complete silence as the truck was taken round the outside track.
It was a great day all round and really highlighted the exciting times ahead for our industry, as we drive together to a better future!
Emily, Rygor Marketing Manager
With 11 branches throughout Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, West London, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, Rygor are a multi award winning specialist Mercedes-Benz van and truck Dealership.