In keeping with its dedication to reducing its environmental footprint, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA), Logan Township, N.J., has focused on environmental improvements, both in its truck designs and in its operations.

For example, its recently redesigned FK and FM (Class 6 and 7) models include more recyclable materials in its corner panels and step walls, use recycled materials in the wheelhouse covers, and use less lead and hexavalent chromium in its exterior components. Further, interior trim features reduced-VOC materials and the instrument panel now features an easy-to-recycle olefin finish. The cab design was specifically optimized to reduce aerodynamic drag, with a 4% reduction achieved in chassis with a full-height van body, and as much as a 25% reduction in chassis with low profile or flatbed bodies.

MFTA’s parent company, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., Kawasaki, Japan, has also been so active in alternative fuels development over the last decade that it has been selected to house Daimler AG’s new Global Hybrid Center. Its expertise has led to the development of a diesel/electric hybrid light medium duty truck, the Canter EcoHybrid, that is now in European fleet testing. Initial results show that it consumes up to 15% less fuel than traditional diesels while significantly reducing CO­2 emissions.