Global e-Mobility leader SEA Electric is fueling the drive to a zero-emissions future, with the company’s showcase at Work Truck Week 2023 set to feature major OEM partnership agreement announcements along with exciting development milestones in the creation of the company’s SEA SV6 EV step van solution.
Originally announced at Work Truck Week 2022, the prototype SEA SV6 EV chassis will be displayed at the 2023 event, which is scheduled for March 7-10 in Indianapolis, IN, with the platform having undergone successful power unit testing in February this year.
The next steps for the vehicle will be to have its body installed immediately after the show, and undertake further durability testing, which is scheduled for completion by July this year.
The extensive testing program will pit the vehicle against a wide range of scenarios, ensuring that the product is cycle tested to excel in any circumstances.
Production of the platform is set to commence in Q4 2023, with an initial run of 100 units.
“Our product and engineering teams have been working overtime to deliver a real game changer in the final mile delivery space,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric CEO and Founder.
“Through the SEA SV6 EV, suburban transport fleets will have access to proven technology that has been adapted directly for their needs, as supported by a global knowledge bank which has been developed with products now operational on five continents.
“Behind the scenes, we have been busy collaborating with multiple leading users of step van technology, and we know that this is a product that will be perfectly fit for purpose, providing operators with many environmental and economical advantages.
With improved and lower center of gravity, the SEA SV6 EV offers enhanced chassis strength, and the latest suite of Bosch safety features.
Inside the cabin, drivers will enjoy the new digital instrument cluster, plus enhanced ergonomics from a next generation steering wheel.
Work Truck Week 2023, comes after numerous other recent wins for the brand globally.
Central to the brand’s success is SEA Electric’s proprietary SEA-Drive® power-system, which provides leading all-electric range, driving performance, and environmental credentials, with zero local emissions of carbon dioxide, methane or nitrous oxide.
Thanks to its medium‐voltage architecture and electronic thermal management, SEA Electric’s solution is light, cost‐effective and efficient, with the system tested in the field across seven countries with over 2.5 million miles of real-world use registered to date.
“Our early entry into the commercial electrification field is now paying dividends, with our mature technology now finding marketplace success in the truck, bus and light commercial vehicle segments,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric CEO and Founder.
“Work Truck Week is going to be the line in the sand where the industry truly takes notice of SEA Electric, and the fantastic work our team have completed in developing our product offering and industry relationships.
“We have been rapidly growing our dealer network across the USA and expanding our service and support offering in step with the uptake of our products.
“The bus market also continues to be an important focus for SEA Electric, with our involvement expanding beyond the already announced partnership with Midwest Transit Equipment to deliver 10,000 all-electric school buses across America.”
Marketplace growth in North America is mirrored by expansion worldwide.
In Australia, where the company was founded, SEA Electric has been producing the world’s first true range of all electric trucks since 2021, with the offering available through a nationwide network of dealers.
In January this year, the business signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MEVCO, a leading systems integrator focused exclusively on electric light commercial vehicles within the mining industry, for the supply of 8,500 SEA Drive® powered HiLux and LandCruiser models over the next five years.
The deal has a total value of over US700 million dollars.
Amongst a raft of important deliveries in that country, in 2022, SEA Electric produced a first-in-market all-electric aviation refueller, which now services the busy Brisbane International Airport, uplifting Jet-A1.
The refueller can carry over 4,000 gallons of aviation fuel, with all onboard pumps and functions fully electrified, with the management of the systems provided by the integrated SEA-Drive® power-system.
This system has also been adapted to electrify a wide range of additional vehicle ancillary functions, such as the hydraulic systems found on refuse vehicles, elevated work platforms, tippers and tilt trays, as well as the cooling units found in refrigerated delivery trucks.
In addition to SEA Electric’s booth at Work Truck Week, and participation in the Ride and Drive activity with a SEA M5 EV, the company will also be represented at the Green Truck Summit.
Work Truck Week runs from March 7-10 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN, with SEA Electric’s showcase located in booth #621.
Global e-Mobility technology company SEA Electric is proud to announce the appointment of Justin Gil Palmer to the position of President – North America, as of the 30th of January, 2023.
Mr Palmer comes to the role with extensive electric truck industry experience, focusing on the delivery and final mile segments.
Since 2017, Mr Palmer has been the President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks America (MFTA-Daimler Trucks), which included oversight of the global launch, sales and support for the brand’s industry-disrupting alternate powertrains, including the e-Canter line.
The role encompassed the brand’s distribution network and market strategy in the USA and Canada, extending to sales, communications and marketing, CS operations and logistics, retail network development and product management.
Previous to the role, Mr Palmer was Director of Business Operations at MFTA-Daimler Trucks and has held various other executive-level positions.
“It’s an honor that Justin is joining the SEA Electric family as our new President – North America,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric Founder and CEO.
“The e-Logistics movement is at a crossover point where industry now understands the true value of its potential, both from an environmental standpoint and for the bottom lines of adopting businesses.
“At SEA Electric, we have proudly been leading the charge to electrify the world’s commercial transport fleet since 2012, in that time developing market-leading solutions that have been proven in the field worldwide.
“Justin’s experience and insight in the North American trucking market together with his true e-trucking distribution and support experience is a significant addition to the SEA Electric team and will assist in driving the business forward on all fronts.”
For Mr Palmer, SEA Electric represents a major opportunity to help make a positive impact on society.
“It is a true personal mission to convert the trucking industry into a clean industry, and that starts with a focus on the urban and inner-city delivery sectors” said Mr Palmer.
“It is a key opportunity to align with SEA Electric, the company’s deployments across the world are showing what is possible in the switch to sustainability.
“Demand from the marketplace is rapidly growing, and SEA Electric is in the prime position to take advantage across North America.”
With Mr Palmer joining the expanded SEA Electric team, Mike Menyhart, who had led the North America business, will now head global marketing, strategy and business development, in his new role as Chief Commercial Officer.
Now headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, SEA Electric was founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012, with the proprietary all-electric SEA-Drive® power-system at the heart of the business’s offering for trucks and buses.
Adaptable to a wide array of commercial applications, the company has grown its footprint to cover five continents, with extensive deployments across a wide cross-section of industries.
In an industry first, Ampol has partnered with Australian commercial electric vehicle manufacturer SEA Electric to support the transition of companies to zero-emissions commercial electric vehicle technology.
Through the partnership, SEA Electric and Ampol will be working together to develop flexible, sustainable and seamless charging options to support the uptake of lower emissions commercial vehicles in key parts of the transport sector.
The partnership will also focus on building an integrated charging solution for SEA Electric customers on the road at Ampol forecourts, at destinations and solutions at the workplace.
James Myatt, Ampol’s General Manager, Energy, said Ampol will work with SEA Electric and leverage its knowledge and strong relationships across industries to help support commercial vehicle owners’ decarbonisation goals.
“Ampol is evolving to provide a range of fast and reliable charging solutions. We know our business customers are looking for lower emissions solutions and want to ensure their investment in commercial electric vehicles can be supported with efficient and reliable charging technologies,” Myatt said.
“Ampol is committed to developing an open access national charging network as well as home and business charging solutions to ensure vehicles can be on the road whenever needed.”
For SEA Electric, the partnership provides flexible charging options for electric truck owners, with many Ampol customers moving into the EV space in cars and now with light trucks. The partnership will help reduce range anxiety for businesses looking to invest in electric trucks to reduce their emissions.
“SEA Electric is proud to partner with Ampol on this project, as both companies lead the country in the transition to sustainable transport,” Bill Gillespie, SEA Electric President, Asia Pacific Region said.
“Through this collaboration, we are shining a light on the fact that electric powered truck fleets can be operationally flexible by accessing convenient charging infrastructure through the AmpCharge network.
“At SEA Electric, we are building an entire customer led ecosystem to simplify the transition to electrification, with a SEA Electric trained national dealer network for sales and service, full factory warranty, 24/7 support and roadside assistance, and a range of charging options at base or on the road.
“Ampol should be applauded for taking the lead with its future energy and mobility strategy, and we look forward to working together into the future on expanding the initiative.”
For further information on Ampol AmpCharge, visit ampcharge.ampol.com.au, with more on SEA Electric’s product range and dealer network available at www.sea-electric.com.au/en_au/.