19 February, 2019
Australia’s SEA Electric to launch in the United States Leading automotive electric technology company, SEA Electric, is set to launch in the United States in coming weeks, showcasing two trucks at the ‘Work Truck Show’ in Indianapolis during March, while also attending California’s ‘Advanced Clean Transportation Expo’ in April.
The display vehicles are based on popular Ford and Isuzu platforms and are at an advanced
build stage, with assembly of the Ford F-59 ‘Stripped Chassis’ taking place at Ford’s DCP
assembly facility in Detroit and the Isuzu NRR being assembled nearby at a third-party plant.
SEA Electric has also recently established its own site in Los Angeles, and appointed its first US
based employees to guide these new products and future projects through US certification and
SEA Electric Group Managing Director, Tony Fairweather, said that given the size of the market
and its demand for EV, establishing a presence in the United States was a logical step forward
for the company.
“We see a lot of opportunities in the States, it’s an extremely large commercial vehicle market
with a strong interest in sustainability – the US is an important part of our growth plans,” Mr
“The country’s high urbanisation and sprawling cities also provide conditions where EV can
deliver operators a lot of efficiency gains, not to mention the obvious environmental benefits.”
The Ford F-59 Stripped Chassis is powered by the SEA-Drive™ 120b power-system which
produces 150kW of continuous power and 250kW of maximum power, but more importantly
for a commercial vehicle, continuous torque of 1230Nm and an impressive maximum torque
figure of 2500Nm.
The second of the display trucks is a Pantech-bodied Isuzu NRR and also features the SEA
Drive™ 120b power-system.
Both vehicles have generous operating ranges of up to 350kilometres (220 miles), removing
any chance of ‘range angst’ for operators.
Shortly following the Work Truck Show, both vehicles will enter in-service trials with major US
SEA Electric also has a Ford Transit van program underway which will enter a trial stage in April.
This van features the SEA Drive™ 70 power-system which provides continuous power of 75kW,
maximum power of 134kW and 700Nm of maximum torque for an operating range of up to
350km also (220 miles).
Batteries for all three vehicles can be fully charged overnight in 4-6 hours using a 20kW on
board charger, which allows them to be plugged-in and charged from any three-phase power
Mr Fairweather said that the SEA-Drive™ powered vehicles were ideal for urban and
metropolitan back-to-base distribution applications.
“For back-to-base operations EV technology is extremely attractive because at the end of the
working day, these vehicles are conveniently charged overnight and ready to go again the next
morning,” he said.
“Operators can expect a payback period of less than four years on their SEA-Drive™ powered
truck or van, so with a battery lifecycle of approximately 10 years, there are great efficiencies
to be gained over the whole life of the vehicle.”
SEA Electric’s US venture builds on the company’s Australian operations, which has seen it
become the EV technology supplier of choice for the domestic market.
The company is also well advanced in expanding its local assembly presence in Victoria’s
Latrobe Valley (east of Melbourne), providing capacity to produce up to 2,400 CBU (completely
built up) van, light commuter bus and truck units per annum.
For further information, please contact:
Tony Fairweather, Group Managing Director – SEA Electric T: +61 3 9706 8489 M: +61 (0)416 162 356 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
About SEA Electric
SEA Electric is an Australian automotive technology company that locally develops and assembles 100 per cent
electric-powered vans, commuter buses and light/medium duty rigid truck models using its proprietary SEA-Drive™
power-systems. Additionally, the company also works closely with a selection of leading Australian truck brands to
engineer and install SEA Electric power-systems to their models. SEA Electric operates from a facility in Melbourne
with plans underway for a large-scale assembly facility in the Latrobe Valley in regional Victoria. Australias SEA Electric to Launch in the United States