“These trucks may be silent, but they speak loudly of our dedication to creating a more sustainable transportation system,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt. “Our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and improve efficiency stretch across the supply chain, from intermodal load conversion to enhancing the aerodynamics and safety of our fleet. This latest addition brings that effort to the last mile and directly to the consumer’s doorstep.”
The FUSO eCanter truck has zero tailpipe emissions, eliminating the noise and carbon footprint of similar traditional trucks. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the eCanter is cost efficient and economical, according to J.B. Hunt, which said compared to a conventional diesel model, the operating costs for the eCanter can be as much as $2,000 lower for each 12,000 miles driven.
On a full charge, the eCanter has a driving range of up to 80 miles and is ideal for inner-city final-mile delivery, the company said.
The eCanter trucks will be added to J.B. Hunt’s final mile services division and used for home delivery in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and the greater Houston area. J.B. Hunt is the second national carrier to introduce eCanter trucks in the United States.