The Iveco ACCO is not a machine that is normally associated with cutting-edge tech.
But the tried and true Aussie-built offering is suddenly at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution!
Iveco has just confirmed an ACCO with a fully electric powertrain will be on show at the upcoming ‘Waste Expo Australia’ event in Melbourne.
And this isn’t a concept – you can order your own already!
The model, best known for its decades of service on agitator and waste collection duties, steps into the 21st century with an electric powertrain developed locally by Superior Pak and SEA Electric.
The waste body manufacturer and the Australian electric drivetrain manufacturer have given the ACCO a SEA-Drive™ 180 electric driveline that provides the vehicle with a range of approximately 250 kilometres at full GVM (up to 23.5t).
The vehicle features a 22kW on-board charger allowing the truck to be plugged-in and charged from any three-phase power source.
Battery charging time from totally flat to full charge is approximately eight hours.
Battery longevity is calculated at 3,500 charge cycles, giving it a life of over 10 years based on a single charge, five days per week.
They tell us the remainder of the driveline is virtually maintenance-free.
While the fully-electric ACCO will cost more than a standard diesel model, SEA Electric say operators can recoup the extra outlay through lower operating costs after just four years.
Check out the electric ACCO in operation:
Superior Pak Managing Director Rob Wrigley says the electric ACCO has already proven itself in extensive testing in New Zealand.
“The payback on the vehicle is attractive as is the low operating costs and lower total cost of ownership.
“So when the idea came to develop a vehicle for Australia we again looked at the Iveco ACCO platform.
“The ACCO is such an icon of the industry and we’re already extremely familiar working with this platform, so our choice of truck was easy.
“Being locally manufactured was another consideration for us in using the ACCO, as the build process was more streamlined and we could also offer the market a complete, Australian designed and built, turn-key solution.”
Check out the ACCO EV on the Superior Pak stand at Waste Expo Australia held on October 3 and 4 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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