Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and US-based startup Ample Inc. are collaborating on a pilot project to test battery-swapping technology for electric trucks in Japan. The first deployment will involve the FUSO eCanter.


The joint effort aims to investigate the feasibility of expanding the eCanter’s applications to cover use cases with longer driving ranges. During the trial, the eCanter will be equipped with Ample’s Modular battery swapping technology, enabling quick battery exchanges at Ample’s swapping stations in just five minutes. The project’s objectives include assessing customer experience, scalability, and the potential for commercialisation in the Japanese market.

MFTBC has been at the forefront of e-mobility, introducing Japan’s first series-produced electric light-duty truck, the eCanter, in 2017. The company’s recent efforts with the remodeled eCanter align with its ambition to achieve a completely carbon-neutral product portfolio in Japan by 2039. Through this collaboration with Ample, the eCanter is expected to play a role in advancing sustainable transport solutions.

Ample has developed an innovative battery-swapping solution that offers faster and cost-effective energy delivery compared to traditional charging methods. The technology can potentially minimise vehicle downtime for trucks and facilitate efficient last-mile delivery and ride-hailing use cases.

Given Japan’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and decarbonising commercial vehicles under the Green Growth Strategy, this partnership addresses the need for sustainable transportation solutions. Battery-swapping technology can reduce downtime significantly, providing a quick and efficient charging alternative for electric trucks and supporting the transportation industry’s transition to electric vehicles.

MFTBC aims to continue collaborating with partners like Ample to innovate its products and services, aligning with its vision of developing mobility solutions that promote a better life for people and the planet.