DB Schenker Philippines, the local arm of 150-year-old German firm DB Schenker, a world leader in logistics solutions and supply chain management, has taken delivery of the country’s first commercially available fully electric truck, the Foton Tornado 3.6 EV Truck.
FOTON trucks and commercial vehicles are distributed in the Philippines by FOTON Motor Philippines, Inc. which aims to lead the electrification of commercial mobility in the country with the groundbreaking new Foton Tornado 3.6 EV electric truck. The Foton Tornado 3.6 EV (in cab and chassis form) is priced at P3.6 million.
“We at Foton Motor Philippines are thrilled to have been chosen by DB Schenker Philippines to be the provider of their first fully electric truck, the Foton Tornado 3.6 EV Truck. It is an honor for us to be an integral part of this game-changing partnership,” said Foton Philippines General Manager Levy Santos.
Using the same EV technology found in high-end electric cars and SUVs, the Foton Tornado 3.6 EV utilizes a permanent-magnet synchronous motor with peak outputs of 154 horsepower and 300 Newton-meters of torque, enough to accelerate the electric truck from zero to 50 km/h in just 9 seconds and reach a top speed of 90 km/h. Driving range on a full charge is 208 kilometers (using the global WLTP standards) while charging may be done via AC or DC charger (2-4 hours on DC and 12 hours on AC from 20% to 100% charge).
The braking system is traditional hydraulic for ease of maintenance and repairs. The truck’s gradeability—the steepest hill a truck can climb using maximum torque at the lowest gear—is an impressive 20 percent.
The FOTON Tornado 3.6 EV Truck has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 6,000 kilograms with a payload of 3,600 kilograms and a curb weight of 2,400 kilograms. It measures 5,960 x 1.925 x 2,260 mm (LxWxH) and has a 3,360 mm wheelbase.
Comfort, convenience, and safety features include an air conditioning system, multimedia (MP3/Aux/USB) audio system, adjustable steering wheel, power windows, central locking with remote key, reverse sensor, ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), among many others.
“It is FOTON Motor Philippines’ aim to help Filipino businesses achieve a zero-cost strategy on fuel, experience more efficient logistics, lower operating costs, and reduced carbon footprint, while enjoying accessible charging opportunities and excellent aftersales services,” added Santos.
Building on its strengths year on year for the last 16 years and as the first Chinese brand to enter the Top 10 car companies in the Philippines (in terms of sales volume), FOTON Motor Philippines has established itself as one of the bestselling automotive brands in the country and a leader in the commercial vehicle industry. Its line-up of passenger vehicles, modern public transport, light-, medium-, heavy-duty trucks, and heavy equipment has helped them forge partnerships with large local, regional, and multinational companies like J&T Express, Shopee Philippines, YTO Express, Flash Express, Coca-Cola, Arrow Go Express, GoGo Xpress, San Jose Del Monte Transport Cooperative, and even the Province of Pampanga.