December 5, 2016
Stuttgart / Warwick – Logistics specialist New Horizon Logistics Ltd from Warwick in the UK attaches great importance to environmental friendliness and efficiency: For its new 7.5 tonne truck it therefore opted for a Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid, a vehicle which scores highly in both of these disciplines. Thanks to the groundbreaking diesel-electric drive technology, New Horizon Logistics has measured the vehicle's fuel consumption at around 11.8 l of diesel per 100 km in automatic driving mode, and a maximum of 15.7 l in manual driving mode. This corresponds to a saving of up to 50 percent compared with the other 7.5 tonne vehicles with conventional diesel drive which the UK logistics specialist deploys as part of its fleet, and which on average consume 23.5 l of diesel.
The Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid has also set new economic standards in other respects at New Horizon Logistics. In addition to reduced fuel costs, the high payload of the hybrid truck in particular contributes to a significant increase in productivity: up to 3.3 t of freight can be transported in the hybrid truck – this is 0.8 t more than the other 7.5 tonne trucks in the company's fleet.
The new hybrid truck is fitted with a curtainside body from UK body specialist JC Payne and is used among other duties for short-radius distribution to residential areas and schools.
The hybrid truck's drive system comprises a three-litre diesel engine with an output of 110 kW (150 hp) and a three-phase synchronous motor, which generates 40 kW (54 hp) and supports the combustion engine with energy recuperation. Energy storage is taken care of by a lithium-ion battery, for which Fuso provides a 10 year, unlimited mileage warranty. The vehicle accelerates and drives using electric power alone until reaching a speed of around 10 km/h. The diesel engine runs in neutral and switches in above 10 km/h. Depending on the power demand, the electric motor also supports the diesel engine at higher engine speeds. The standard-fit start/stop function and the Duonic 2.0 automated dual-clutch manual transmission additionally help to reduce fuel consumption – and thus CO2 emissions.
Reduced overall operating costs thanks to a high payload and fuel savings of up to 50 percent – the Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid proved an impressive proposition for UK logistics company New Horizon Logistics Ltd.
Modern hybrid technology against a historic backdrop: pictured here is the Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid from UK logistics service provider New Horizon Logistics, with Warwick Castle in the background.