Daimler Trucks Creates Hybrid Vehicle Center

Posted on August 28, 2008

Daimler Trucks has inaugurated its new Global Hybrid Center at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) in Kawasaki, Japan. Located within the company’s R&D facilities, the center will be the worldwide hub for Daimler Trucks’ hybrid development. MFTBC is a part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG, and one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers.

The role of the new Global Hybrid Center is to direct and synchronize Daimler Trucks hybrid development activities on a global basis. All of Daimler Trucks hybrid activities will be aligned under the center, including regional hybrid personnel at Daimler Trucks divisions MFTBC, Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Daimler Trucks North America LLC. A total of 50 people will be affiliated with the Center. Fumio Akikawa has been named as director of the center.

“The establishment of the Global Hybrid Center at MFTBC shows the increasing focus of Daimler Trucks and Mitsubishi Fuso on developing hybrid commercial vehicles,” said Dr. Eike Böhm, MFTBC vice president of Product Engineering. “We believe the market for hybrids will expand more rapidly in the future, given the need to further reduce vehicle emissions as well as fuel consumption. The new center will concentrate our efforts in developing clean, efficient hybrid commercial vehicles to meet market needs now and in the future.”

MFTBC was chosen as the location for the Center because of the company’s history in hybrid vehicle innovation. Mitsubishi Fuso has been developing hybrid vehicles for over 10 years and today offers products such as the Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck and the Aero Star Eco Hybrid bus for the Japan market. The company has also developed the Canter Eco-D, a concept hybrid light-duty dump truck.