Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC; Headquarters: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture; President and CEO: Karl Deppen), is pleased to announce that the Official FUSO Distributor of Indonesia, PT Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors (hereinafter “KTB” ) will conduct customer trials of the all-electric eCanter light truck in Bali, Indonesia from August 2022. This will be the first time the eCanter truck will be tested in daily operations in FUSO’s largest overseas market. The announcement was made as part of a joint press conference for the “EV Smart Mobility – Joint Project” hosted by five participating Japanese car brands in Nusa Dua, Bali on July 27, 2022.
To fulfill its 2015 commitment to reduce CO2 or greenhouse gas emissions by 29% to the 2030 business-as-usual (BAU) scenario, the Indonesian government has launched several policies to reduce the introduction of electric support vehicles. Sustainability is also positioned as one of the main pillars of the Indonesian presidential term for the G20 conferences. With the government’s recent focus on sustainability initiatives, logistics providers in Indonesia have also explored ways to integrate electric vehicles into their fleets. KTB and MFTBC’s customer trials of the eCanter therefore support the country’s greater transition to reduced emissions in transportation. The electric truck will be used to distribute raw materials for a factory and deliver mail to routes in the Denpasar area of Bali, allowing KTB and MFTBC to gain valuable insight into customer needs and potential challenges during this exploratory phase.
These plans to test the eCanter in Indonesia were presented alongside the participation of the FUSO brand in the “EV Smart Mobility – Joint Project”. Under this joint project, five official distributors of Japanese car brands will contribute their flagship electric vehicles to study and demonstrate the future capabilities of EV ecosystems in Indonesia. While commercial vehicles such as the FUSO eCanter will be used to support logistics and operations, passenger cars will be used to provide eco-friendly tourist transportation. With these pilot activities, the five car brands aim to capture important lessons that can help popularize electric vehicles and develop related infrastructure.
For several years now, the eCanter truck has been generating interest in Indonesia through exhibitions, such as its presentation at the major auto shows Gaikindo Indonesia International Commercial Vehicle Expo (GIICOMVEC) 2020 and Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2017. However, Bali represents a further step in MFTBC’s consideration of additional international markets for the pioneering electric vehicle.
FUSO Commercial Vehicles has been cooperating with Indonesian companies as the market-leading brand for over 50 years. The light diesel truck in particular has been a local bestseller in recent decades. As the Indonesian transport sector gears up for a leap in emobility, MFTBC and KTB are working together to support these ambitions. Together with their customers, the companies aim to shape the future of transportation in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.