Daimler Launches London Hybrid Fleet

Posted on August 12, 2008

Daimler AG said it has launched Europe’s largest fleet test of hybrid trucks to eight customers in London. The goals of the three-year test of 10 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids are to gain new insights into the use of 7.5-ton hybrid trucks by customers and to demonstrate the diesel-electric hybrid drive's high level of efficiency. The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid could consume up to 15% less fuel than conventional diesel vehicles, lowering CO2 emissions correspondingly, the company said.

“London has had a very high traffic density and therefore high emissions for many years now,” said Ian Jones, managing director Commercial Vehicles at Mercedes-Benz UK. “The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck will let us show that transport services can be more environmentally friendly in urban traffic.”

The 10 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids were presented to Amey, DHL, Hill Hire, Ringway, Royal Mail, Scottish and Southern, Tesco, and TNT in the heart of London. In selecting the partners for the test, Daimler made sure that the fleet test would cover a wide range of different customer requirements with regard to commercial vehicles. For example, while trucks used by logistics companies like DHL, Royal Mail, and TNT for package deliveries are often caught in stop-and-go traffic and frequently have to stop to unload cargo, trucks operated by the retail chain Tesco are used on regular runs between supermarkets and the central warehouse.

The vehicles were manufactured by Daimlers subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) as a small batch.