Australian automotive electric technology company, SEA Electric, is set to launch in the United States in coming weeks.
The business, best known to us for the electric-drive Iveco ACCO co-developed with SuperiorPAK, has confirmed it will be showcasing two trucks at the ‘Work Truck Show’ in March, while also attending California’s ‘Advanced Clean Transportation Expo’.
The display vehicles are based on popular Ford and Isuzu platforms and are at an advanced build stage, with assembly of the Ford F-59 ‘Stripped Chassis’ taking place at Ford’s DCP assembly facility in Detroit and the Isuzu NRR being assembled nearby at a third-party plant.
SEA Electric has also recently established its own site in Los Angeles, and appointed its first U.S.-based employees to guide these new products and future projects through U.S. certification and distribution.
Group Managing Director, Tony Fairweather, said that given the size of the market and its demand for EV, establishing a presence in the United States was a logical step forward for the company.
“We see a lot of opportunities in the States, it’s an extremely large commercial vehicle market with a strong interest in sustainability – the U.S. is an important part of our growth plans,”
“The country’s high urbanisation and sprawling cities also provide conditions where EV can deliver operators a lot of efficiency gains, not to mention the obvious environmental benefits.”
Shortly following the Work Truck Show, both vehicles will enter in-service trials with major US fleets.
SEA Electric also has a Ford Transit van program underway which will enter a trial stage in April.
Batteries for all three vehicles can be fully charged overnight in 4-6 hours using a 20kW on-board charger, which allows them to be plugged-in and charged from any three-phase power source.
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