The eCanter is a purely electric truck powered by batteries.

KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBM CV), the authorised distributor of FUSO trucks in Malaysia, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Biforst Logistics Sdn Bhd, to formalise its commitment to purchase the first electric-powered truck in Malaysia, the FUSO eCanter upon the vehicle’s availability in Malaysia.

“Given the nature of our business, we need to ensure maximum up-time for our fleet. MBM CV is a natural first choice for us as they have a deep understanding of our need for safety, reliability and economic efficiency.

“As a result of our robust business growth we need trucks which are dependable. We have plans to further increase our FUSO truck fleet over the next few years,” said Biforst Logistics group managing director Hamie Appala in a statement.

Biforst Logistic is a leading one-stop logistic solution provider that been a FUSO customer since 2006. Its fleet of trucks include the FUSO light duty truck models, FE71PB, FE83PE, FE83PG,and FE85PG which are commonly used for short distance distribution and inter-state logistic transportation.

As for the company’s long distance logistics, the former used the FUSO medium duty truck model, FM65FM and Mercedes-Benz Actros.

Unveiled at the 2016 International Motor Show (IAA), the FUSO eCanter truck is the brand’s first electrically-powered light duty truck, with a zero-emission drive that offers economic efficiency and an attractive alternative to diesel engines.

eCanter is suitable for urban transportation and short radius distribution. It has a battery modular concept that allows flexibility for customers’ needs. The eCanter is designed for comfort and functionality. Customers can opt between more battery packs resulting in more mileage or less battery packs but greater payload.

Biforst Logistics is set to gain first-mover advantage in acquiring the electric-powered commercial vehicle upon the official launch of the FUSO eCanter in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, vice president, commercial vehicles Albert Yee said that its company has been a long-time trusted partner of the nation’s haulage and logistics industry.

“The MoU signing with Biforst Logistics reaffirms our commitment to the Malaysian market to continue providing trucks of the highest quality that offers reliability and economic efficiency. This MoU also demonstrates our support of the government’s aspirations of becoming an energy efficient vehicle (EEV) hub in line with global standards, and our commitment to contribute towards reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector,” said Yee.

At the MoU event, MBM CV also delivered its 300th FUSO truck to Biforst Logistics.

“The delivery of the 300th FUSO truck to Biforst Logistics represents a significant milestone for us. MBM CV takes great pride in delivering ‚Trucks you can trust’,” Yee said.

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