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Mitsubishi Fuso Unveils “Canter Eco-D” (02/11/2007)


Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) unveiled its new “Canter Eco-D” hybrid light-duty dump truck at the Tokyo Motor Show.  As one of Asia’s leading truck manufacturers and an integral part of Daimler Trucks, has developed this first-ever hybrid concept dump truck to demonstrate further uses of hybrid and other advanced technologies to the commercial vehicle market. The new Canter Eco-D, with distinctive and sophisticated styling, delivers extremely low emissions and quiet performance while incorporating a host of advanced features.

“The new Canter Eco-D is a view to future possible applications of hybrid systems and other advanced technology in commercial vehicles,” explained Tsutomu Kondo, MFTBC Senior Manager and Head of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Development. “In addition to delivery trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso believes hybrid technology can also be successfully applied to light-duty dump trucks and their numerous uses, particular those working in urban locales. The Canter Eco-D is a vision of this thinking. At the same time, this truck incorporates numerous advanced concepts for commercial vehicle styling, safety and functionality.”

Canter Eco-D Hybrid System
The Canter Eco-D, with a 3350 mm wheelbase, is capable of carrying a 3000 kg dump body. Its potential uses include light construction, road repair, landscaping and others. With its hybrid drive and emissions control system, the truck is designed to achieve significant reductions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) over conventional diesel-only-powered vehicles.

The central components of the Canter Eco-D’s hybrid system are a 3-liter DOHC diesel engine (92kW); an ultra-slim electric motor/generator (35 kW); a high performance Lithium(Li)-ion battery; and the INOMAT-II automated mechanical transmission.

The Canter Eco-D adopts a similar parallel hybrid system that is already offered in the Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck, in production by MFTBC since July 2006.

In a parallel hybrid system, the power to drive the vehicle comes from the vehicle's electric motor, the diesel engine or both. Fuel efficiency and emissions reduction are achieved by using them singly, or in combination with each other according to driving conditions.

The hybrid system switches its operational mode according to the driving situation. The electric motor is used to drive the vehicle when starting off. During hard acceleration, both the diesel engine and electric motor/generator power the vehicle. When cruising, the vehicle is driven by the diesel engine only, like a conventional vehicle. When slowing down or braking, the electric motor/generator functions as a generator to brake the vehicle. The generator converts brake energy into electric energy and stores it in a Lithium(Li)-ion battery for the next moving off or acceleration.

This arrangement contributes to maximum fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

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