Isuzu Australia Ltd (IAL) will test two battery electric vehicles (EVs) it has developed in partnership with Melbourne-based EV developer SEA Electric.
A purely Australian effort, it is independent of Isuzu’s Japan-focused Elf EV light commercial project EV previewed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show but comes with the blessing of headquarters in Tokyo.
The EV program is focused on proving the 8-9 tonne gross vehicle mass (GMV) NQR and the 12-14 tonne GMV FSR for urban return-to-base applications.
The NQR will have maximum and continuous power of 130kW and 100kW respectively, while those for the FSR are 250kW and 150kW.
Maximum and continuous torque are 1,500Nm and 800Nm for the NQR and 2,500Nm and 1,230Nm for the FSR
Both models will carry 132 KWh nickel, manganese, cobalt oxide (NMC) lithium-ion battery packs powering direct drive permanent magnet motors, rated to 98 per cent efficiency.
The battery type used, sourced from Canada and China, was chosen for its energy density and ability to stay cool enough to avoid flaming. It is expected to have a battery life of 8-10 years.
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