SEA Electric, the Australian innovator in the all-electric commercial vehicle space, has delivered a pair of trucks to Alsco Australia, in the next step for the leader in uniform rental services to achieve its 2030 sustainability goals.
The SEA Electric SEA 85e model trucks are destined for Sydney and Melbourne, with the pair fitted with a high specification SEA-Drive® 120a power-system with maximum power and torque of 125kW and 1,500Nm, with the 138kWh battery capable of an unladen range of up to 300km.
Importantly, the trucks are equipped with an all-electric powered tailgate, which operates on energy supplied entirely by the onboard high-voltage batteries.
“We applaud Alsco for supporting Australian manufacturing and taking the next step on their EV journey with SEA Electric,” said Daniel Castro, President – Asia Pacific, SEA Electric.
“Alsco have these trucks destined for some significant routes within their business, with our SEA-Drive® power-system proven to be up to the task.
While the trucks are new to Alsco in Australia, Alsco in New Zealand were early adopters of SEA Electric’s pioneering commercial vehicle technology, with multiple deployments including that country’s first inter-city pure-electric heavy vehicle.
“We are proud to continue our relationship with Alsco with the delivery of this pair of SEA Electric SEA 85es, proof of their commitment to make a true difference in their environmental credentials,” said Tony Fairweather, CEO and founder, SEA Electric.
“From peerless green credentials to financial savings achieved through the elimination of diesel expense, and improved workplace health and safety for drivers and those on delivery routes, our products have been extensively proven in the field since they were first commercially deployed in 2017.
Leading Sydney truck dealership group Adtrans, managed and delivered the order, as a continuation of the company’s long-term relationship with Alsco, which spans decades.
“We congratulate Alsco on this important milestone,” said Mark Reynolds, Adtrans Dealer Principal.
“This delivery is the culmination of a long-term project by our whole team, to see these trucks delivered to Alsco, as they show a true commitment to lower their environmental footprint across Australia.
“Beyond the sale of the SEA Electric trucks, we are proud that we can continue to work with Alsco in supporting their EV adoption, with ongoing assistance and support that will see the vehicles integrate seamlessly into their operations.”
For Alsco, the acquisition of the SEA Electric trucks coincides with a company-wide push for sustainability, which to date has included the installation of solar panels across various sites.
“In around 2017, we noticed that conversations were changing in the marketplace, and customers were demanding more of us in terms of a better future and our ongoing legacy,” said Mark Roberts, Group Chief Executive, Alsco Australia.
“We’ve listened to our customers, and we are driving our business differently, which includes reassessing our environmental impact and how we interact with our local communities.
“Our SEA Electric partnership has been ongoing for a number of years now, stretching back to New Zealand, and we have built on that with the delivery of these two vehicles in Australia.
“It’s our first foray into EVs locally, and we intend to do a lot more in the space.
“The really exciting thing is that this Melbourne truck will be powered entirely by renewables, with our recent facility extension including the installation of rooftop solar.”
The new vehicle was presented to the Alsco team, by SEA Electric, Sales Director, Marco Quaranta.
“This milestone not only symbolises our commitment to revolutionising the industry with eco-friendly solutions but also confirms our partnership with Alsco in shaping a sustainable future for logistics. Together, we are redefining the way businesses move forward with purpose and environmental responsibility,” said Mr Quaranta
SEA Electric’s range of all-electric trucks is available from a nationwide dealer network, covering models from 4.5t through to 22.5t, which are entirely adaptable to a massive array of final applications.
The trucks come complete with full factory warranties supported by an extensive service network, backed by a growing list of ecosystem partners, ensuring a simple switch for companies transferring to sustainable solutions.
Australian all-electric truck manufacturer SEA Electric is taking the next step in its commitment to the local market at the Brisbane Truck Show, launching an expanded safety suite across the entire vehicle range, and further additions to the company’s ecosystem of support partners.
Available nationwide, the SEA Electric offering of zero-emissions trucks are available in various specifications, from 4.5t car licence models through to 22.5t three-axle rigid configurations, as manufactured at the company’s Melbourne base.
Representing the world’s first true range of all-electric trucks, the SEA 45e, SEA 85e, and SEA 225e have been configured for a wide range of final applications in addition to general dry freight, with all ancillary functions fully battery-powered, including for deployment as refuse trucks, refrigerated freight, cherry pickers, tilt trays, tippers and more.
Recent innovations from SEA Electric have included the nation’s first electric aviation refueller and the country’s first electric roadworks sweeper, amongst a range of cutting-edge designs that bring sustainability to the Australian transport fleet.
Key to the upgraded 2023 vehicle specification to be launched at the show is a full suite of functions to enhance the safety of the trucks.
Known as SEA-DAS (SEA Driver Assistance System), the standard array of features includes Vehicle Stability Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Traction Control, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and dual airbags.
The event comes at a key time for SEA Electric, with several significant recent international announcements for the brand placing it at the forefront.
In March, the company was named as a Tier 1 supplier to Mack Trucks in the USA, while its relationship with Hino Trucks USA was expanded with confirmation that the proprietary SEA-Drive® power-system will be fitted to both the Hino Trucks’ M and L Series.
Meanwhile, in April, SEA Electric unveiled its next-generation SEA-Drive® 250 power-system, complete with an optional hydrogen range extender, aimed at the heavy-duty end of the market.
“At the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, SEA Electric truly launched itself into the marketplace with the public unveiling of our Australian range, this year we cement our position through our upgraded safety suite and support offering,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric Founder and CEO.
“We are very fortunate to have a significant head start on the competition with our all-electric SEA-Drive® power-system, which has advanced and evolved over the last decade.
“The product is now mature and proven in the field with over 3 million kilometres of real-world use registered to date across five continents.
“We are also proud to be unveiling our SEA-DAS package at the Show, which compliments the many built-in safety systems of our award-winning design, which includes inboard-mounted batteries, which lead the sector in terms of safety and improved driving dynamics.
“Following recent additions to our partner ecosystem, major international OEM announcements, and significant sales orders, it is an exciting time for the SEA Electric brand.”
Joining SEA Electric’s presence at the Brisbane Truck Show will be key ecosystem partners, who are currently working with customers to ease their transition to sustainable transport solutions.
Industry leaders, including NTI and Truck Assist, Ampol, Zurich Resilience Solutions, EnergyAustralia, Jet Charge and CarBon, have partnered with SEA Electric to guide fleets on their EV adoption path.
SEA Electric can be found at stand 57 at the Brisbane Truck Show, which runs from Thursday, May 18th, to Sunday, May 21st, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, with the company also represented at the Southbank Truck Festival, which kicks off at Little Stanley Street from Wednesday, May 17th.
SEA Electric, the global innovator in electric drive systems for commercial vehicles, is set to use its upcoming showcase at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo to launch the new SEA-Drive® 250 power-system, with an optional hydrogen range extender (RE), which will be ideal for heavier duty-cycles.
The SEA-Drive® 250 model (and the option RE model) is the perfect solution for vehicles with a GVWR/GCWR of up to 80,000lbs (36,250kg), in Class 8 rigid or day-cab configurations, which will be presented on the SEA Electric booth at the ACT Expo.
In a major change, SEA Electric intends to pair the power-system with a 45kW hydrogen fuel cell, extending potential range, with the architecture set to have far-reaching implications in the sector.
The new designation for the SEA-Drive® power-system joins other solutions developed by SEA Electric, namely the SEA-Drive® 70, 100, 120 and 180, which have been proven in the field with over 2 million miles of real-world use in a range of truck, bus and light commercial applications.
Featuring all of the market-leading attributes of the other systems available, the SEA-Drive® 250 will feature maximum power of 670hp (500kW) and peak torque of 4,579 lb-ft (6,200Nm), with power drawn from a 250kWh battery pack.
“The SEA-Drive® 250 RE represents a major breakthrough for SEA Electric in our efforts to electrify the world’s commercial transport fleet,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric Founder and CEO.
“The power-system is perfectly suited to the rigors of lighter duty refuse collection, with the platform already proven in other deployments in the space via pure-battery powered configurations.
“For SEA Electric, this new product combination offers us the opportunity to branch out into some fantastic new areas and applications, which can now benefit from our leadership in the industry, such as day-cab and drayage tractor applications.
“In regards to the refuse industry, the SEA-Drive® 250 RE will allow us to provide a solution for 95 per cent of the market via any chassis combination.
“The combination of battery electric with the optional fuel cell extender will optimize weight and cost, whilst delivering the full fleet duty-cycle requirements, with performance that has never been seen before in this segment.
“One of the competitive advantages of the SEA-Drive® power-system is that all ancillary functions are completely electrified, with all hydraulics systems involved in the compacting and operation of the refuse body completely managed by the integrated systems.
“What this means is that noisy refuse trucks will be a thing of the past, which is sure to be welcomed by anyone living in an urban environment.”
The ACT Expo runs from May 1-4 at the Anaheim Convention Centre, while further information on SEA Electric, and the SEA-Drive® power-system is available at www.sea-electric.com.