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J.B. Hunt adds electric last-mile trucks

Five FUSO eCanter all-electric medium-duty box trucks to join the private fleet


December 6, 2018
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J.B. Hunt unveiled its Fuso Canter trucks at its HQ in Lowell, Arkansas.

LOWELL, Ark. – J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. has added five FUSO eCanter all-electric medium-duty box trucks to its private fleet, the first ever in company history.

“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. 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 130 km and is ideal for inner-city final mile delivery.

“As the first major truck manufacturer to release a series-produced all-electric truck, FUSO is excited to work with supply chain leader J.B. Hunt in this industry milestone,” said Justin Palmer, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.

“The eCanter demonstrates that the future of electric trucks is very possible and is no longer a prototype but a real truck delivering real goods daily.”

The eCanter trucks will be added to J.B. Hunt’s Final Mile Services division and used for home delivery in Santa Fe Springs, California, and the greater Houston area. J.B. Hunt is the second national carrier to introduce eCanter trucks in the United States.

J.B. Hunt received the 2018 SmartWay Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency in October for the ninth consecutive year, a distinction recognizing organizations operating with sustainable excellence.

In 2017, J.B. Hunt avoided nearly 3.4 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere through intermodal conversion, which is equivalent to removing more than 700,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. The company was also one of the first in the world to commit to Tesla Semi electric tractors, reserving 40 in November 2017.