Electric Trucks, the Reo and Foton, plus Tatra
There was plenty to see at the Brisbane Truck Show this year including electric trucks, the Reo and Foton, plus Tatra.
After making a number of successful deals in the US, SEA Electric was back on home turf at the BTS showing off its 100 per cent electric vehicles including a garbage compactor, as well as an Isuzu display model, demonstrating the driveline components in the engine bay and between the chassis rails. More of SEA Electric’s work could be found at the Isuzu stand further down the hall, as part of the company’s collaboration with Isuzu in Australia.
SEA Electric may have been one of the first entities to show electric trucks here in Australia, but this time around was joined by several others drivetrains using electricity as a power source, dotted around a number of exhibits. This included Dana, who have entered a licensing agreement with SEA, but also Fuso, Cummins, Meritor.
The number of displays including the electric power theme reflects the high level of interest in electric power in the trucking community and should enable technology developers to invest further in the new driveline options.
The Foton trucks introduced to the market earlier this year made their first appearance at BTS since the company relaunched as a factory-owned importer of Chinese trucks.
Tatra has been long known as an importer of heavy duty all wheel drive trucks with an innovative chassis design developed to enable the heavy duty trucks to access any ground conditions. The brand has recently moved to using cabins sourced from the Paccar organisation, DAF cabins. The next stage in the company’s development will be to introduce some lighter models aimed at more general applications where all wheel drive is necessary in different industries around Australia.
After being unveiled at last year’s Megatrans exhibition in Melbourne, the Diamond Reo truck range appeared in its reincarnated form at the BTS for the first time. Ivan Vodanovich was assembling Diamond Reo trucks in Melbourne in the 80s and has now been involved in reviving the brand based on the China-sourced SAIC truck range.
Four examples were on display at this year’s BTS an 8×4 rigid and a 6×4 prime mover using the same shape as the models displayed in 2018. The novelties were a new a prime mover, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the MAN cabins of the past, and there was also a smaller 4×2 model, set up as a local delivery truck on display.
Article featured by Diesel Magazine, 27th June 2019, http://www.dieselnews.com.au/electric-trucks-the-reo-and-foton-plus-tatra/
Wellington’s first fully electric rubbish truck will join two electric vans in servicing about 40 Wellington City Council social housing sites.
The Manco SEA EV10 Electricat was revealed at a ceremony at the council’s Berkley Dallard apartments on June 12.
Bought with the aid of a government low emission vehicles contestable fund administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), the e-truck goes to contractor Professional Property & Cleaning Services (PPCS).
The same company introduced two electric vans last year and has ordered six more EVs.
PPCS committed to introducing EVs where possible in taking up a contract for cleaning and rubbish removal at WCC’s Parks, Sports and Recreation and City Housing sites.
“We see this new truck as a major step towards our target of converting 70% of our fleet to electric or hybrid by 2025,” PPCS general manager Sarel Bloem says.
“We’re a family owned New Zealand company and we’re passionate about protecting the environment. That’s why we bought this truck and why we’ve just ordered an additional six electric vehicles. This means in the next few months 100% of the vehicles we use to service Wellington will be electric.”
Wellington mayor Justin Lester says the city has been installing EV chargers for residents’ use but needs to lead by example.
“That’s why we’re converting our own fleet to electric and I’m delighted that PPCS are joining us in this. This is about making our city cleaner for us and future generations.”
Climate change portfolio holder councillor David Lee says Wellington is continuing the journey to becoming a zero-carbon capital by 2050.
“We will only get there with help from companies like PPCS getting on board. I’d encourage other companies with large fleets to do the same.”
Climate Change minister James Shaw says it is important for New Zealand’s service fleet to convert to EVs.
“Unlike private vehicles, rubbish trucks, taxis and delivery vehicles are on the road most of the working day,” he says.
“The more of them that are electric the quicker we will be able to reach our emission reducing goals.”
The Manco SEA EV10 Electricat is based on a SEA Electric (NZ) SEA Drive system with the rest built by Auckland-based Manco Environmental.
Similar electric trucks are run by Civic Contractors in Auckland which has 200 vehicles it aims to switch to electric by 2025, and the Palmerston North City Council.
The trucks have a 120kW battery pack and 180km range and are recharged at their depots.
Article by Geoff Dobson, Transport Talk NZ, June 12 2019
The chief executive of waste management group Cleanaway says a pioneering trial of electric rubbish trucks in a council area in Melbourne is showing promising signs in its early stages.
The electric trucks have a range of 180 kilometres before they need to be recharged and the first has been operating for the past few weeks in the City of Hobsons Bay, which covers 12 suburbs in western Melbourne.
Cleanaway chief executive Vik Bansal said there were good signs on the operating costs for the vehicles for kerbside collections, because they needed to be kept low for the new technology to be viable in the long term.
“At this stage, the trials are progressing well but it is a bit too early to fully gauge their success,” Mr Bansal said on Tuesday.
“So far the electric trucks are showing positive signs in terms of their cost to operate and overall reliability.”
Jonathan Marsden, mayor of the City of Hobsons Bay council area that encompasses 88,000 people and suburbs such as Williamstown, Altona and Newport, said it was only a small part of the overall fleet of rubbish collection vehicles, but the council wanted to be a leader in this sector.
“It’s early days obviously, and I think as battery technology improves they will be able to carry even greater payloads,” Mr Marsden said.
Local residents were curious about whether the electric vehicles would be coming to collect their own household rubbish.
“It’s a small part of a very big fleet,” he said.
Range and noise
The vehicles were assembled in Bundaberg in Queensland under a collaboration with SEA Electric and Superior Park.
The vehicles have a range of between 180 kilometres to 200 kilometres before they require recharging, and the drive system is able to generate electricity when braking.
They are also much quieter than regular waste collection vehicles, which has local governments across Australia eyeing the potential to cut road noise for early morning collections and keep the vehicles off the road in peak-hour traffic in congested areas.
Mr Bansal said there was a lot of opportunity to advance this type of technology. The company was also closely monitoring the costs and service levels to make sure it was a viable option over the long term.
Delivering a consistent and reliable service was fundamental to Cleanaway, and the trial needed to prove there wasn’t a significant increase in waste collection costs for ratepayers.
Cleanaway operates about 5000 waste collection vehicles around Australia.
Other local council areas in Geelong and Moonee Valley are also scheduled to be part of trials with the electric rubbish trucks so that Cleanaway can test them in different settings with hills and unique local characteristics. READ MORE
Article by Simon Evans, Senior Reporter – Financial Review, June 11 2019
Leading electrical systems for trucks and other commercial vehicles.
Concern for nature and the environment is becoming increasingly important in purchasing decisions. Similarly, they are also considering SEA Electric, an Australian company that has expanded almost everywhere in the world over two years with its electric batteries for trucks and vans.
Australia’s leading software and technology company, SEA Electric, is finally entering the European market with its carefully developed and advanced electrical system. After successful breakthroughs on the domestic and New Zealand market, several months ago, they successfully launched their business in America, and now they open their premises in Vienna.
An investment for a cleaner and cheaper future
At a time when industry is increasingly aware of environmental pollution and wants to contribute to cleaner air, it offers unique technology for commercial and delivery vehicles. Seven different SEA-DRIVE® power-system innovative systems have been developed to replace diesel engines from smaller and larger commercial vehicles, from vans to trucks (55,000lb). The system with electric batteries operates on the basis of patented computer technology. Their engines are used by important international companies around the world.
Cooperation signed with Ikea and DHL
In Australia, SEA Electric has already entered into strong European companies such as DHL and Ikea, and the first European licensing cooperation has already been signed with the largest German manufacturer of garbage trucks. For vans and municipal transport services, such as mail and garbage collection, they have developed advanced propulsion technology with the highest energy efficiency and easy and convenient charging. A number of junction points in cities also help to save energy, as stopping and firing the battery is full (regenerative braking). Electrically propelled electric cars and vans represent a green solution for cities that are confronted with traffic congestion or are seeking to improve people’s lives.
Easy filling on the road or in the base
The SEA-DRIVE® electric battery system is fully charged within 4-6 hours and is therefore perfect for commercial and delivery vehicles from major European cities, which are still small enough for delivery at a distance of up to 350 km. And they are overly concerned about where to fill up the vehicle quickly while driving. Unlike other electric vehicles, all SEA- Drive® systems have the option of charging with a portable 22kW charger in any 3-phase socket. They are therefore an ideal solution for delivery in urban areas where the vehicle returns to the base and the battery can be fully charged overnight.
For a green environment without harmful releases
Tony Fairweather, executive director of SEA Electric believes that the system of effective urban e-mobility will also adopt European cities and thus contribute to solving environmental congestion. “SEA Electric is the ideal solution for cities that are consciously and consciously prepared for environmental zones. It will be prohibited to use harmful emissions vehicles, which is why it is right for ministries and municipalities to become aware as soon as possible of the importance of using electric batteries, engines. Research suggests that vehicles fossil fuels will disappear from cities by 2050, and the use of electric trucks should increase by 2025. ”
Easy to install and upgrade the system
The growing demand for nature-friendly transport, government support for the purchase of electric cars and improved filling infrastructure open up new opportunities for environmental and high-tech technological advances. SEA Electric Energy Technology, due to efficient and easy installation procedures, enables the upgrading and development of the hardware of each embedded subsystem. There is no doubt that SEA Electric has a technology and a business model that meets the requirements of the transition to the electrical system since they have a complete package for almost every commercial vehicle.
“SEA Electric is successfully penetrating the European market” by Anja Kovacic, Market Development Manager – EU at SEA Electric, 28th May 2019
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