Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation is set to introduce its electric light-duty truck, the eCanter, to the Indonesian market in early 2024, according to reporting from Jakarta Globe.
The company’s local unit expressed hope on Wednesday (08/11/23) that the electric truck will receive government subsidies currently available for electric cars and motorcycles.
The eCanter, an all-electric truck, was initially launched in 2017 and has been exported to markets in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, say Jakarta Globe.
“We are actively advocating for government subsidies, which are currently provided for electric cars, motorcycles, and buses,” said Aji Jaya, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Division at PT Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors, the authorized distributor for Mitsubishi Fuso in Indonesia.
“We believe that electric trucks should receive equal treatment, and we are looking forward to that.”
Jakarta Globe report that according to government regulations, the subsidy is offered in the form of a 10-percent value-added tax waiver, but it is applicable to locally manufactured electric vehicles with a minimum of 40-percent locally sourced components.
Aji said the initial supply of eCanter trucks will be fully imported from Japan. However, the company is exploring the possibility of establishing a local assembly plant once subsidies are confirmed, say Jakarta Globe.
The eCanter is equipped with six battery packs, each with a capacity of 370V/13.5kWh. This provides the light-duty truck with a range of approximately 100-kilometers on a full charge, as mentioned on the company’s website.
Image from Mitsubishi Fuso Products Press Release