Electric Isuzu N-Series being tested in U.S.

Isuzu gauging customer interest in electric N-Series

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Reports out of the U.S. today suggest Isuzu is seriously considering an electrified version of the best-selling truck in Australia – the Isuzu N-Series.

The light-duty truck market in Australia will welcome the new Fuso eCanter in coming years, and of course Hino has had the 300 Series hybrid available for some time here.

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But until now there has been no moves by Isuzu to offer any form of electrified drivetrain for the light-duty offering.

Our colleagues at truckinginfo.com report Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has shown a battery-electric N-Series at a truck show in the U.S.

They say the truck is serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who could potentially use the truck for certain applications.

It’s expected that a potential electric drive Isuzu N-Series would have a GVM of just under 9 tonnes, there was no indication of what the drive range of the vehicle might be.

Interestingly, the N-Series EV features a powertrain supplied by Canadian EV manufacturer, Nordresa.

Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America is quoted as saying that the company has begun discussions with its fleet customers who have requested a battery-electric truck.

“Isuzu continues to develop and grow in order to support a new generation of transportation needs and address escalating customer requests for a potential electrical truck,”

“By deploying this truck that utilizes an EV system engineered by one of the North American companies we are working with, and other companies with different electrical systems, we will be able to develop the right trucks for our customers’ needs,”

“There is no doubt that all-electric trucks are part of the future of commercial vehicles; they are part of our future as well.”

isuzu n-series plug-in electricWe will keep you updated with any further details on the electric N-Series as additional info comes to hand.

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