Daimler Trucks said Thursday that United Parcel Service Inc. is its first U.S. customer for the Fuso eCanter light-duty truck. UPS said it will use three of the trucks at various locations.
The Fuso eCanter can drive 62 miles on a charge. Daimler says the truck will save UPS $1,000 for every 6,000 miles it travels compared to a conventional diesel truck.
Daimler also is providing eight Fuso eCanters to four New York nonprofit groups, including Habitat for Humanity.
Mitsubishi Fuso — which is part of Daimler Trucks — will make the eCanter for the U.S. market in Portugal.
Daimler plans to make 500 eCanter trucks over the next two years, with larger scale production beginning in 2019.