Daimler Beats Tesla to Launch of its Electric Truck

Daimler has stolen Tesla’s thunder by unveiling its new E-FUSO electric truck.

The all-electric heavy-duty truck, which globally premiered yesterday at the Tokyo Motor Show, is called the E-FUSO Vision One and has a range of up 217 miles.

The announcement from Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, majority owned by Daimler, comes just weeks ahead of a much anticipated and hyped Tesla unveil, originally scheduled for October and now postponed until November 16th.

Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia said:

“Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range. FUSO has been a pioneer in the electrification of trucks for many years. Just one month ago we launched our eCanter, the first serial-produced, all-electric light duty truck. In the future, all our electrified vehicles will run under the name of E-FUSO, our new product brand dedicated exclusively to electric trucks and buses.”

Llistosella added that rapidly evolving battery technology is helping the company develop electric trucks and buses “that will have a positive environmental and economic impact on society.”

The launch makes Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) the first OEM in the world to launch a brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses.

We’ll watch with interest as the competition for electric HGV supremacy hots up.

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