Innovators in commercial e-Mobility technology SEA Electric, is proud to announce the expansion of its existing business relationship with Hino Trucks.
The move follows in the footsteps of earlier supply agreements, which included the sale of SEA Electric branded class 5 trucks.
This latest announcement paves the way for SEA Electric’s proprietary SEA-Drive® power-system to be fitted to both the Hino Trucks’ M and L Series.
SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive® 120a power-system was part of Project Z, Hino Trucks’ first advancement into zero-emission vehicles in the medium-duty space.
Further details of the SEA Electric-Hino Trucks’ arrangement will be unveiled in due course.
“This is another monumental day for SEA Electric in our quest to electrify the world’s commercial fleets, and move to a zero emissions future,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric CEO and Founder.
“Hino Trucks’ products are renowned the world over for their dependability and reliability, and we are proud to be a part of the next chapter of that story.
“SEA Electric has committed to building a business that is sustainable both environmentally and economically and we welcome the opportunity to expand our relationship with a global leader such as Hino Trucks to further develop and advance our technological offerings.
“Cultivating a diverse ecosystem of partners such as Hino Trucks, enables SEA Electric to work with different customers simultaneously, including upfitters, suppliers, and more, creating an opportunity to extend beyond our current markets.”
For Hino Trucks, the announcement expands its range in a growing market.
“We are pleased to add SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive® power-system to our M and L series product offering. As our industry introduces electric options, Hino Trucks can now offer an option for all the markets affected by ACT mandate,” said Glenn Ellis, President of Hino Trucks.
The SEA-Drive® powered Hino Trucks M5e and L6e models will feature prominently at Work Truck Week, in Indianapolis, IN, from March 7-10, with the M5e available for sampling in the Ride and Drive activity.
Further information on the SEA-Drive® powered Hino Trucks M5e and L6e models is available at: https://www.hino.com/electricvehicle.html
Further information on SEA Electric is available at www.sea-electric.com
About SEA Electric
Global automotive technology company SEA Electric was founded in Australia in 2012, creating its proprietary electric power-system technology (known as SEA-Drive®) for the world’s urban delivery and distribution fleets, as well as school bus applications.
Now headquartered in North America, SEA Electric is widely recognized as a market leader in the electrification of commercial vehicles on a global basis.
SEA Electric commands a global presence, deploying products in eight countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, India and South Africa with collectively more than two million miles of independently OEM-tested and in-service international operation.
The company’s global sales, after-sales and engineering are represented in all subsidiaries.
Global e-Mobility technology company SEA Electric has taken the next step in its mission to eliminate emissions from the transport sector, with the company becoming a Tier 1 partner to Mack Trucks in the USA for the supply of the proprietary SEA-Drive® power-system.
The five-year agreement will focus on the next generation of Mack’s widely popular MD range, which will see deliveries of the fully electrified models to Mack dealers across North America.
Specifically, the Class 6 and 7 Mack MD6 and MD7 models will be equipped with the SEA-Drive® 120 and 180 power-systems, which lead the market in terms of performance, efficiency and total cost of ownership.
Featuring an upgradable and flexible architecture, the SEA-Drive® power-system can be adapted to a wide array of final applications, fully electrifying all ancillary features, with charging completed via the integrated onboard system.
“This is a proud day for SEA Electric, and the culmination of over a decade of leading research and development that has proven the SEA-Drive® power-system around the world,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric CEO and Founder.
“In testing, the SEA-Drive® equipped Mack MD6 successfully completed a grueling durability assessment, equivalent to more than 500,000 miles on one of the toughest and most challenging tracks.”
“We are proud to partner with a brand as iconic as Mack Trucks to help them achieve market leadership in the Class 6 and 7 zero-emissions segment.
“In the future, this agreement has the potential to see significant scale, which is very exciting for the industry as it transitions to a sustainable future.”
For Mack Trucks, the partnership signals an important step forward.
“Mack Trucks is excited to introduce the Mack MD Electric for medium-duty customers wanting to adopt zero-emissions technology in their fleets,” said Martin Weissburg, global president of Mack Trucks.
“We are pleased to partner with SEA Electric on this exciting product, which represents another important step in our efforts to drive decarbonization and a more sustainable future.”
Founded in 2012, SEA Electric has been at the forefront of the push to electrify commercial vehicles.
Adaptable to a wide array of commercial applications in the truck, bus and light commercial markets, the company has grown its footprint to cover five continents, with extensive deployments across a wide cross-section of industries.
Further information on SEA Electric is available at www.sea-electric.com.
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.