Electric trucks first locally assembled, the SEA 300 and SEA 500, have been announced by SEA Electric in volume production.
Specifications for the Trucks
The Australian, Melbourne-based electric truck company has detailed the broad range of specifications for the trucks which are the first it is manufacturing from a base “knock-down” kit. Moreover, this announcement was making on Wednesday.
Electric Trucks for Custom Applications
In the past, the eight-year-old company had built trucks for custom applications for customers. Both in Australia and overseas by retrofitting its patented electric SEA drivetrain to diesel trucks.
This time around, it is making the SEA-branded SEA 300 and SEA 500. Both are based on the Hino 300 and 500 series. They are new, in fact, using Hino SKD (Semi Knocked Down) kits. Through 15 dealerships throughout Australia, SEA will sell them.
Electric Trucks: First to the Marketplace
“It is a privilege for SEA Electric to be able to bring this Australian as the first to the marketplace,” said Glen Walker, SEA Electric director for Oceania in a statement.
“This is an exciting phase in global EV development and represents that. Putting SEA at the forefront.
Variety of Specifications
There is a variety of specifications for the SEA truck range. It has a maximum 280kWh battery capacity. Moreover, it is available on the SEA 500-225. That, in fact, offers a 6×2 axle configuration. Moreover, the maximum length of 9.24 metres and there is a gross mass of 22.5 tonnes.
Depending on configurations, the driving range starts at 200km to a top of 300km, unladen. It depends on which drivetrain is fitting.
Lower Cost of Ownership
In an email, Walker said he expected the payback time is going to be four to five years thanks to the lower cost of ownership. Therefore, the pricing will be determined by configuration options and application.
SEA 300 and 500
Moreover, he also said that SEA Electric has presently taken 46 orders for its SEA 300 and SEA 500. Those trucks can be customized to fit a range of applications. Those would consist of tippers, garbage trucks, cherry pickers and more.