In March 2023, SEA Electric and Hino Trucks, announced the expansion of their existing business relationship, solidifying a partnership that will revolutionize the landscape of zero emission transportation in the United States.
The announcement follows in the footsteps of earlier supply agreements, in which Hino Trucks entrusted SEA Electric to supply class 5 trucks branded under the SEA Electric name, a testament to their trust in SEA’s innovation and expertise.
This latest development paves the way for SEA Electric’s proprietary SEA-Drive® power-system to be fitted in both the Hino Trucks’ M and L Series, marking a significant step forward in the adoption of electric vehicle technology in the commercial sector.
SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive® system is renowned for its efficiency, reliability, and eco-friendliness. With this partnership, Hino Trucks can now offer an all-electric solution for all markets impacted by the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) mandate.
The collaboration extends beyond vehicle integration, with staff, dealers and customers alike all embracing the expertise and offering from SEA Electric. Recently, SEA Electric was invited to attend the Hino Parts Convention in Las Vegas, where the Hino M5e powered by SEA-Drive® was prominently displayed on stage, showcasing the practicality and viability of all electric technology.
Moreover, SEA Electric was proud to partner with Hino Trucks at the Ignite Dealer Conference. The event featured presentations from SEA Electric’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mike Menyhart, and Vice President of Engineering, Joseph Greenley. These presentations highlighted the cutting-edge technology and innovation driving the collaboration between SEA Electric and Hino Trucks.
The USA continues to lead the way when it comes to incentivizing companies to make the switch to sustainable EV solutions, with the Manufacturers for Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit potentially offering significant savings on new SEA Electric vehicle purchases.
The offer is open to businesses and other tax-exempt organizations that buy a qualified commercial clean vehicle, of which SEA Electric is listed as a manufacturer, with the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit potentially valued up to $40,000 under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 45W.
The value of the credit equals the lesser of 30 per cent of your basis in the vehicle (due to SEA Electric’s all-electric power-system), or the incremental cost of the vehicle.
The maximum credit is $40,000 for all vehicles with a GVWR over 14,000 pounds, with this value stackable with most state-based incentives.
This particular credit is only applicable to SEA Electric VIN-plated vehicles model year 2023 and forward, with SEA Electric providing the IRS with VINs produced from Q2 2023, so that the applicable credits can be matched.
Importantly, at this time, there is no limit to the number of credits a purchaser can request, therefore making the program applicable for large fleet purchases.
For businesses, the credits are nonrefundable, so the buyer can’t receive more on the credit than is owed in taxes, while the trucks must be used for business and not resale, be primarily used within the United States, and not have been allowed another credit under sections 30D or 45W of the IRC.
It is worth noting that the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit is not a credit from SEA Electric, so it will not be reflected in the commercial invoice at the time of purchase, with the IRS currently in the process of creating the claim form for the credit type – prospective purchasers are advised to check out the IRS website for the latest details.
For a thorough deep dive into a state-by-state breakdown of the possible financial incentives available in your area, SEA Electric has prepared the ‘Incentives & You: SEA Electric’s USA Guide’, which is available by clicking here.
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.