Australian electric vehicle technology company SEA Electric is set to launch commercial vehicles in the United States.
It is showcasing two trucks at the Indianapolis Work Truck Show in March and California’s Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in April.
The display vehicles are based on popular Ford and Isuzu platforms and are at an advanced build stage, with assembly of the Ford F-59 ‘Stripped Chassis’ taking place at Ford’s DCP assembly facility in Detroit and the Isuzu NRR being assembled nearby at a third-party plant.
SEA Electric has also recently established its own site in Los Angeles, and appointed its first US-based employees to guide these new products and future projects through US certification and distribution.
SEA Electric managing director Tony Fairweather says establishing a presence in the United States was a logical step forward for the company given the size of the market and its demand for EVs.
“We see a lot of opportunities in the States, it’s an extremely large commercial vehicle market with a strong interest in sustainability – the US is an important part of our growth plans.
“The country’s high urbanisation and sprawling cities also provide conditions where EV can deliver operators a lot of efficiency gains, not to mention the obvious environmental benefits,” Fairweather says.
The Ford F-59 Stripped Chassis is powered by the SEA-Drive 120b power-system which produces 150kW of continuous power, 250kW of maximum power, continuous torque of 1230Nm and maximum torque of 2500Nm.
The second of the display trucks is a Pantech-bodied Isuzu NRR and also features the SEA-Drive 120b power-system.
Both vehicles have operating ranges of up to 350 kilometres.
Both vehicles will enter in-service trials with major US fleets following the Work Truck Show. Read More