Isuzu is the latest truck manufacturer to make serious strides towards a possible electric powertrain option.
As reported recently, Isuzu in North America has been trialing an electric version of the N-Series, now there’s some electric vehicle activity from Isuzu in our own backyard.
The big-selling Japanese brand has confirmed the commencement of what it calls an electric vehicle (EV) concept program.
Two locally developed EV concept vehicles will be presented for the first time this weekend at the MegaTrans event in Melbourne.
The vehicles will then be tested on local roads through 2018 and 2019.
A statement released by Isuzu Australia Limited this afternoon says the age of the ‘EV’ has well and truly arrived.
Some major obstacles to EV development, namely battery storage capacity, distance, demand, regulatory settings and cost, have all largely been overcome.
They say they are looking at key urban applications in the 6,500 kg – 14,000 kg GVM class and each model has a benchmark operating range of between 200 and 250 kilometres.
While they say their concepts boast:
- Electric motors that produce 130kW to 250kW peak output
- Battery packs that are well protected within chassis rails
- Highly efficient driveline with no transmission losses
- 22kW on-board charging system and cable reduces reliance on EV charging stations
- Plugs into a standard industrial 400-415V 3-phase socket
- Direct power
Powering the EV concept models is a direct-drive permanent magnet motor, which is substantially more efficient than a reduction gear drive.
The magnet motor also provides superior torque.
We will bring you more details on the new Isuzu concepts as further details come to hand.
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