Electric Trucks, the Reo and Foton, plus Tatra
There was plenty to see at the Brisbane Truck Show this year including electric trucks, the Reo and Foton, plus Tatra.
After making a number of successful deals in the US, SEA Electric was back on home turf at the BTS showing off its 100 per cent electric vehicles including a garbage compactor, as well as an Isuzu display model, demonstrating the driveline components in the engine bay and between the chassis rails. More of SEA Electric’s work could be found at the Isuzu stand further down the hall, as part of the company’s collaboration with Isuzu in Australia.
SEA Electric may have been one of the first entities to show electric trucks here in Australia, but this time around was joined by several others drivetrains using electricity as a power source, dotted around a number of exhibits. This included Dana, who have entered a licensing agreement with SEA, but also Fuso, Cummins, Meritor.
The number of displays including the electric power theme reflects the high level of interest in electric power in the trucking community and should enable technology developers to invest further in the new driveline options.
The Foton trucks introduced to the market earlier this year made their first appearance at BTS since the company relaunched as a factory-owned importer of Chinese trucks.
Tatra has been long known as an importer of heavy duty all wheel drive trucks with an innovative chassis design developed to enable the heavy duty trucks to access any ground conditions. The brand has recently moved to using cabins sourced from the Paccar organisation, DAF cabins. The next stage in the company’s development will be to introduce some lighter models aimed at more general applications where all wheel drive is necessary in different industries around Australia.
After being unveiled at last year’s Megatrans exhibition in Melbourne, the Diamond Reo truck range appeared in its reincarnated form at the BTS for the first time. Ivan Vodanovich was assembling Diamond Reo trucks in Melbourne in the 80s and has now been involved in reviving the brand based on the China-sourced SAIC truck range.
Four examples were on display at this year’s BTS an 8×4 rigid and a 6×4 prime mover using the same shape as the models displayed in 2018. The novelties were a new a prime mover, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the MAN cabins of the past, and there was also a smaller 4×2 model, set up as a local delivery truck on display.
Article featured by Diesel Magazine, 27th June 2019, http://www.dieselnews.com.au/electric-trucks-the-reo-and-foton-plus-tatra/