MFTBC Partners With ORIX For ZEV

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (‘MFTBC’, Headquarters: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, President and CEO: Hartmut Schick) and ORIX Corporation (‘ORIX’, Headquarters: Minato Ward, Tokyo, President, and CEO: Makoto Inoue) announce a collaboration to offer customers electric trucks and environmentally-friendly electricity.

In this collaboration, MFTBC will propose ORIX’s environmentally-friendly electricity when selling their electric light-duty truck eCanter. With this, MFTBC and ORIX aim to accelerate the decarbonization of the logistics industry, supporting customers in their efforts to tackle environmental issues. Trial sales activity begins in selected regions, and sales will be gradually expanded to other areas from 2022.

As a pioneer of eMobility, MFTBC already announced in 2019 that they will shift their entire product portfolio to CO2 neutral vehicles by 2039. The “eCanter” was released in 2017 as the first mass-produced electric light-duty truck in Japan with zero CO2 emissions while driving. Since then, MFTBC has delivered more than 300 units of the eCanter worldwide and continues to receive strong interest from customers. Additionally, MFTBC is working on establishing an “eMobility ecosystem”. This is a comprehensive portfolio of products and services designed to support eMobility, which will encourage the social shift to sustainable transportation. The collaboration with ORIX on electricity, which is the foundation of electric trucks, is part of this effort to establish an ecosystem.

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ORIX began their electricity retail business in 2009 and currently supply electricity mainly to special high-voltage users such as stores and office buildings in the supply areas of Tohoku Electric Power, Tokyo Electric Power, Chubu Electric Power, Hokuriku Electric Power, Kansai Electric Power, Chugoku Electric Power, and Kyushu Electric Power. Moreover, ORIX offers energy-saving services that analyze the energy usage status of customers’ plants, warehouses, stores, and other facilities. They then use this information to provide end-to-end assistance on implementing energy-saving methods.

By combining each company’s strengths, MFTBC and ORIX aim to support customers’ decarbonization efforts and further contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society.

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