Click here to see a recent video from Mitsubishi Fuso about a new powertrain option for the Canter cab-forward commercial hauler. The system is similar to the Hino strategy that could work its way into the next-generation Toyota Tundra, but it could also be adapted to any other full-size pickup truck as well.
We've seen the Hino strategy and setup at a local alternative power expo, but this is the first time we've seen the system so clearly explained and shown inside a real truck. In fact, it is not difficult to imagine the same small-diesel/electric-power assist (with stop-start technology) with a Tundra Double Cab shell instead of the cab-forward chassis.
Big issues to overcome will be the added cost of the drivetrain, but we suspect that a manufacturer could also offer a new, smaller diesel-engine option as well as a gas-engine eco-hybrid setup.
The first market to get this Canter urban eco-cruiser will be New Zealand, but expect it to roll out to other markets throughout Asia later.