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.
SEA Electric is proud to welcome Daniel Scarpino de Castro to the position of President, Asia Pacific Region.
Mr Scarpino de Castro comes to SEA Electric with a wealth of executive-level experience to his credit, following roles within the automotive industry, including bus and coach manufacturing, transport electrification, and zero emissions solutions.
Having previously worked within Oceania, Southeast Asia, South America and the USA, Mr Scarpino de Castro joins SEA Electric from the position of President of Irizar USA, a multifaceted company focused on passenger transport and electromobility.
He was also on the Board of Directors for Irizar Asia Pacific (Australia) since 2013, and he has earned an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
For Mr Scarpino de Castro, joining the SEA Electric team allows him to further his work in the eMobility field.
“It’s an honour to be joining the SEA Electric team, and play a part in taking the company to the next level throughout the Asia Pacific region,” said Mr Scarpino de Castro.
“SEA Electric’s technology has an enviable reputation throughout the industry, with its credentials leading the way for what is possible in the space since the company was first commercially launched in 2017.
“As we have seen with the many major wins for SEA Electric in recent times, plus our existing portfolio of industry collaborations, people want to work with us, as we take the next steps adding fresh innovations to the electric transportation marketplace.”
For SEA Electric, Mr Scarpino de Castro adds to the extensive talent pool already assembled at the company’s base in Melbourne, Australia.
“The EV segment is gaining genuine momentum in the Asia Pacific region, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Daniel on board, with his extensive specialist knowledge of the sector, set to assist us in further growing the business,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric CEO and Founder.
“Globally, SEA Electric’s technology is gaining significant traction with leading OEMs and other major collaborations.
“In Australia, our locally assembled, electric trucks are showing what is possible in the zero-emissions logistics space, across a wide range of industries and application types.
“There are massive opportunities across the region, and with Daniel at the helm, the future is incredibly exciting for SEA Electric.”
Mr Scarpino de Castro will commence in his new role effective, Monday 24th April, 2023.
SEA Electric in Australia launched the world’s first true range of all-electric trucks to the market in 2021, with the offering available now via a nationwide dealership network.
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.