Salvos Stores are the first charity retailer in Australia to have an electric vehicle in their distribution fleet thanks to the generous donation by SEA Electric. This electric vehicle emits zero carbon emissions and this will help reduce Salvos Stores emissions of CO2 by approximately 2 tonnes each year. (per SEA Electric)
As part of SEA Electric’s philanthropic activities, The SEA Foundation has generously donated an electric vehicle to Salvo’s Stores. The value of this donation is estimated at approximately $50,000.
“The SEA Foundation was created by the shareholders of SEA Electric. An Australian automotive technology company, that has commercialised 100% electric power-system technology for the urban delivery vehicle sector. In doing so, we are removing many diesel polluting vans and trucks from around the globe and replacing them with zero emission alternatives. Says Tony Fairweather, Group Managing Director, SEA Electric.
Here at SEA Electric we not only want to improve the impact on the environment, but also to improve the lives of those within our community. We’re excited to donate this 100% electric vehicle to the Salvation Army, which will assist them in their future charitable endeavours.” Said Mr. Fairweather.
The donation of this electric vehicle will help to further Salvo’s Stores commitment to being a more accessible pillar of the community, providing greater support to community by being able to facilitate some last minute collections.
“We would like to extend our deepest thanks to SEA Electric for the donation of this electric vehicle. The donation of this vehicle will allow us to be more versatile in the way we respond to last minute home collection requests and with the increase in donation volume in the wake of the Marie Kondo craze, it couldn’t have come at a better time.” Said Neil Lund, General Manager of Operations, Salvos Stores.
Salvos Stores is focusing on minimising impact on the planet by continuously striving for new ways to reduce impact. Introducing the first electric vehicle into its fleet of trucks is a step to a more sustainable future and a new way of operating a large logistics network.
“We really appreciate the generosity of SEA in providing us with this amazing electric vehicle. It’s a great opportunity for Salvos Stores to be the first charity retailer with an electric vehicle in it’s fleet and as we focus on finding ways to continue to reduce our environmental impact, this is a big step in the right direction. Our corporate partners are a vital part of what we are able to do as a charity retailer and this donation opens so many doors for us to be more responsive and agile to our community’s needs.” Said Matt Davis, National Director, Salvos Stores.
The Salvos Stores 100% electric home collections truck was launched on Wednesday 18th September 2019 at the Salvos warehouse in Noble Park. In picture Eva Zelos, Acting Managing Director – Salvos Stores, and Glen Walker, Regional Director Oceania – SEA Electric.
Australian automotive technology company SEA Electric is set to exhibit at the National Roads & Traffic Expo on September 17 and 18 2019, Stand 901.
SEA Electric will have on display the recently launched SEA NPR EV tipper truck, Australia’s first 100% electric tipper truck. Fully powered by electricity with integrated body and ancillaries, the tipper truck will be deployed at the City of Yarra immediately after the expo for hard rubbish collections.
The Isuzu NPR 65-190 tipper is powered by a SEA-Drive® 100 power-system which produces 59kW continuous power and 108kW maximum power. More importantly for a commercial vehicle the SEA-Drive® 100 produces continuous torque of 1,000Nm, has a range of up to 275km (unladen), has an onboard three-phase charger that can be charged to 80% within 5 hours.
The electric tipper truck also offers zero emissions, mid mounted batteries for vehicle balance and safety and added driver protection. The driving environment is enhanced by no diesel fumes and very little noise.
Glen Walker, SEA Electric’s Regional Director of Oceania will be presenting at the National Roads & Traffic Expo on “The case for Electric Trucks and Why They Differ from Electric Cars” at 4.30pm on Tuesday 17th September.
“SEA Electric is proud to reveal this electric tipper truck at the National Roads & Traffic Expo”, said Glen Walker. “This vehicle, produced in partnership with the City of Yarra, reduces operating costs, enhances driving environment and lowers total cost of ownership when compared with existing diesel technology.”
The National Roads & Traffic Expo is being held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and is the expo that brings the entire road transport and infrastructure ecosystem together under one roof. The expo features hundreds of free information sessions and demos on topics relating to changes in Australia’s road infrastructure and traffic industries, and developments in the fields of infrastructure, traffic management, smart mobility, parking and safety.
SEA Electric is an Australian automotive technology company that locally develops and assembles 100% electric-powered vans, commuter busses, and light/medium duty rigid truck models using its proprietary SEA-Drive® power-systems. The company is rapidly growing across the globe recently taking several commercial EV orders in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Thailand.
SEA Electric head office operates from a facility in Melbourne with plans underway for a large-scale assembly facility in the Latrobe Valley in regional Victoria.
For information about SEA Electric’s 100% electric commercial vehicle range please contact Jacque May, Marketing, SEA Electric.
Jacque May, Marketing – SEA Electric, 0423 744 4 96, email@example.com, www.sea-electric.com
First 100% Electric Ford F-59 in Production for SEA Electric
SEA Electric has marked a turning point in its company history with the first Ford F-59 100% electric van in production at Ford’s Detroit Chassis Plant, Detroit, Michigan.
SEA Electric CEO, Tony Fairweather said “this is an exciting step forward for SEA Electric’s global footprint and a positive result for our USA operations who are currently working towards fulfilling several orders in the pipeline”.
The F-59 EV is being built on a Morgan Olson Walk-in Van body and will be deployed in Fall, 2019 for delivery routes in the greater Detroit area with a leading package delivery company.
The van will be powered by a SEA Drive® 120b power-system and boasts 150kW of continuous power and 250kW maximum power, and 2500 Nm maximum torque. With a range of up to 220 miles (350km), zero emissions, fewer moving parts and lower running costs, the 100% electric van is perfect for short stop-start delivery runs.
Charge time for the batteries is four to six hours using a 19.2kW single phase 240V on board charger.
David Brosky, SEA Electric’s Regional Director – North America said “We’re confident the fleet customer will love the overall performance of this SEA-Drive® powered delivery van. We anticipate a very successful trial which will lead to substantial follow-on orders from fleet customers within the next 6- 12 months.”
John Knudtson, Morgan Olson’s Director of Business Development, shared, “We see a growing interest, within our portfolio of walk-in step van customers, to include electrified work trucks within their fleets. We’re pleased to be working with Sea Electric on this new Ford F59 electric chassis. In the past, we’ve built numerous step van bodies on various alternative powertrains and are pleased with how our body has adapted to the new Sea Electric platform. “
SEA Electric is an Australian automotive technology company that locally develops and assembles 100% electric-powered vans, commuter busses, 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 American truck companies and brands including Ford, Isuzu, and Chevrolet to engineer and locally assemble SEA Electric power-systems to their models.
SEA Electric head office operates from a facility in Melbourne with plans underway for a large-scale assembly facility in the Latrobe Valley in regional Victoria.
For information about SEA Electric’s 100% electric commercial vehicle range please contact David Brosky, Regional Director, SEA Electric.
David J. Brosky
Regional Director- North America
SEA Electric, LLC
Morgan Olson is North America’s leading manufacturer of Walk-in step vans. Hailed as “The Home of the Walk-In Step Van,” Morgan Olson produces over 10,000 step vans annually from multiple manufacturing locations throughout the United States. Morgan Olson’s portfolio of customers serves a multitude of industries and delivery work truck applications. The primary industries served include the parcel package delivery, baking and snack foods, laundry& textile rental, service & utility vehicles, and food truck entrepreneurs.
LINFOX trial electric truck developed by systems integrator SEA Electric for Woolworths Online and store deliveries.
As global interest in electric vehicles (EV) continues to grow, Linfox and its industry partners are working to accelerate uptake of the technology in Australia’s road transport sector.
Together with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and valued customers Woolworths and Australia Post, Linfox has helped form a working group dedicated to increasing industry engagement in EV technologies.
The ALC’s Electric Vehicles Working Group is focussed on setting industry priorities, identifying and navigating the barriers to uptake and supporting legislative and regulatory change.
As leaders in logistics, Linfox and the ALC appeared at the July Senate Inquiry into electric vehicles on behalf of the industry and provided recommendations and insights on the benefits of widespread adoption.
Earlier this year, Linfox Executive Chairman Peter Fox highlighted plans to make Linfox the first mover on electric vehicles, specifically electric trucks, subject to the development of supporting infrastructure and manufacturer supply of appropriate vehicles.
The plans are underpinned by Linfox’s 2007 commitment to reduce its environmental impact and advance technologies that deliver great outcomes for both customers and the planet.
To this end, Linfox is supporting customer and fellow ALC member Woolworths as it trials EV technologies at the Linfox owned Australian Automotive Research Centre in Anglesea.
The trial includes a fully electric truck developed by systems integrator SEA Electric for Woolworths Online and store deliveries. According to SEA Electric, the truck can travel more than 220 kilometres on one charge.
Linfox continues to work alongside the Electric Vehicle Council to engage key global suppliers to ensure the development of cost-effective, non-payload constrained EVs across several weight classes for use in the Australian market.
Linfox is paving the way for the introduction of EVs in its fleet by:
- trialling EVs at Linfox’s purpose-built facilities
- investing in renewable energy solutions to power EVs, including installing 500kW of solar panels in Linfox warehouses
- implementing EV material handling equipment at Linfox sites, and
- building EV requirements into new sites.
Nearly half of Australian fleet managers would consider incorporating electric vehicles in their fleet, a survey conducted by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has shown.
Of those, 40 per cent of Australian fleet buyer will turn to EVs within the next three months(!!!), and 50 per cent within the next two years.
Reductions in fuel and maintenance costs, as well as vehicle emissions, were given as the main reasons for switching to EV, according to those surveyed at the recent EV Drive Day held at Melbourne’s Albert Park.
After test driving an electric vehicle, the number of fleet managers and buyers likely to consider EVs rose to 82 per cent.
Barriers to making the EV plunge were, unsurprisingly, identified as higher upfront costs of electric vehicles, access to charging infrastructure, and also uncertain resale value.
Over 40 businesses and a total of 60 fleet managers and buyers were surveyed by the CEFC, almost half of which have over 250 vehicles in their fleets.
With 19,000 Australian fleets comprised of over 20 vehicles or more equaling an estimated 2.1 million vehicles (over 10 per cent of the nation’s vehicles in total, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics), the figures are significant.
“Electric vehicles offer an exciting opportunity to tackle our greenhouse gas emissions, from family cars through to light commercial vehicles and heavy-duty trucks,” says CEFC chief Ian Learmouth.
“We see fleet buyers and managers as having a critical role to play in accelerating the switch to electric vehicles.
They have strong purchasing power, which can help drive down costs. With their focus on operational efficiency and cost, they can also help demonstrate the benefits of electric vehicles compared with diesel and petrol-powered engines,” he says.
Australasian Fleet Management Association boss Mace Hartley said, “Another very important development in this market is the increasing range of commercial vehicles now available, from smaller-scale buses and vans to heavy duty trucks and electric garbage trucks.
“We’re also seeing increasingly advanced technology and safety features that have important benefits to fleet buyers, alongside the benefits of cutting vehicle emissions.” READ MORE
Electric propulsion made more inroads into the Australian mainstream following the announcement of a grant towards automotive technology company SEA Electric building a manufacturing plant in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
The plant is to be capable of producing 2,400 vehicles per year at full production, employing around 500 people and producing annual revenue of between $200 million and $240 million.
The grant comes from a $266 million Latrobe Valley support package established for a region facing job losses after the decommissioning of Hazelwood’s brown coal-fuelled power station, and the general decline of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry.
As part of the investment, retrenched workers from other industries will be transitioned towards electric vehicle and component production in Australia.
“This investment will see the Latrobe Valley rightly called the capital of electric vehicle manufacturing in Australia,” Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said at the announcement.
SEA Electric has been at the forefront of electric technology locally. Most recently, its product was showcased the launch of an electric waste truck for Victorian council City of Casey. READ MORE
An Australian company will produce thousands of delivery vans and minibuses every year from a new electric vehicle factory in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
The Victorian government announced the plan with Melbourne-based SEA Electric on Tuesday.
SEA Electric has already developed a range of electric drivetrain models for commercial and delivery vehicle market. The company has a factory in Dandenong where it assembles electric delivery vans and mini buses.
About five years ago SEA made a decision to invest heavily in electric vehicle (or “EV”) tech so it would be ready to start production when the cost of lithium-ion batteries dropped below $US300/kwH.
“That was our milestone — it was a milestone for other big original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well — set by a range of analysts back in 2010,” SEA Electric boss Tony Fairweather told Stockhead.
The forecast was $US300KwH by 2025 – but it actually happened in December 2016.
“We were ready and came to market in January 2017 – we have been swimming quickly ever since,” Mr Fairweather says. READ MORE
About 500 jobs are set to be created in the Latrobe Valley, with the Victorian Government announcing a deal to bring the manufacturing of electric vehicles to the region.
The Australian-owned SEA Electric will set up the factory in Morwell, in the state’s east, with the first vehicle expected to roll off the production line in about a year.
The company aims to eventually assemble up to 5,000 per year at the site.
As well as meeting the country’s growing demand for electric cars, the deal is expected to create hundreds of jobs
“Our announcement today, the partnership with SEA Electric, is all about making sure the Latrobe Valley is the national capital for electric vehicles,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“We said we would stand with the Latrobe Valley, we’d back the Latrobe Valley, that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
SEA Electric executive chairman Tony Fairweather said the company was close to choosing an exact site for the factory, and planned to start training up local workers at its Dandenong plant as soon as possible.
“We’re also well advanced with starting the recruitment process for Latrobe Valley residents that are willing to … start working with SEA Electric immediately in our Dandenong facility with the ability to transition back into the Latrobe Valley facility once it’s ready,” he said.
The announcement is not an election promise, and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the deal would go ahead regardless of who won the November 24 poll.
Jobs are a key concern in the marginal seat of Morwell, which has been hit hard by the closure of the Hazelwood power station last year.
Government support for the deal has come from the $266 million Latrobe Valley Support Package, though Mr Andrews refused to detail how much the Government had provided.
Other car manufacturers have taken government support, only to close down local production.
Mr Andrews would not say what conditions were attached to the Government’s commitment. READ MORE
South-east Melbourne’s City of Casey will be the first Australian council to feature a 100 per cent electric truck in operation, with the first residential hard-rubbish waste collection vehicle set for service this month.
Launched at the Waste Expo Australia today in an all-local collaboration, waste management company WM Waste Management Services took delivery of the trucks, which are stripped-back Iveco Acco and Mercedes-Benz Econic cab-chassis fitted with a drivetrain and associated components by Dandenong-based SEA Electric, and a rear loader and compactor built by Queensland-based Superior Pak.
The vehicles contain 220kWh NMC batteries, allowing for a range of about 250 kilometres on a 23,500 gross vehicle mass with a limited top speed of 100km/h.
A 22kW onboard charger allows the truck to be plugged in and charged from any three-phase power source, and a full charge takes eight hours, although rapid-charging options are said to be explored.
The battery life is estimated to be 3,500 charge cycles or operational life of 10 years in day-to-day applications.
WM Waste had previously taken delivery of the first hybrid trucks in 2008 and managing director Mark Jeffs says the company continues to seek out innovation and sustainability in its operations. READ MORE
The era of the electric vehicle is approaching and the Commonwealth needs the right policies and infrastructure in place, experts say.
A parliamentary inquiry into electric vehicles has heard that electric vehicles will likely be cheaper in Australia than internal combustion engine cars by as soon as 2024.
The falling cost of electric vehicles will drive significant uptake of the vehicles in the near future, according to Ali Asghar, senior associate of power, energy storage and electric vehicles at Bloomberg.
“The cost is falling fast,” Mr Asghar told the inquiry. “Electric vehicles are likely to become cheaper than internal combustion engine cars as soon as 2024. This is mainly a result of cost declines in the major cost component in electric vehicles: batteries.”
Australia’s uptake of electric vehicles to date has been “sluggish” compared to the rest of the world, he said.
“In Australia, the major reasons [for poor uptake] are the cost of electric vehicles, lack of policy measures and then lack of model availability. The lack of model availability is tied to policy measures, because car manufacturers won’t bring in cars to the market if they don’t think that they will be sold here,” Mr Asghar said.
Policy must support uptake
Tony Fairweather, group manager of SEA Electric, told the inquiry that Australia is in the midst of an “electric vehicle revolution” and said governments needed to act fast.
“There is no point putting our head in the sand… the electric vehicle transition is occurring,” he said.
In his submission Mr Fairweather called on the government to introduce measures – such as subsidies, rebates, a zero stamp duty or registration waver – to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles. READ MORE