BLK Auto Fantastic Furniture-Helensvale, Brisbane on June 22, 2021. Picture-Patrick Hamilton

Vehicle importer and distributor BLK Auto has announced its first Australian sale of  a JAC electric truck with  All Purpose Transport (APT), purchasing a JAC N55 EV truck for use on a home delivery  contract with well known Swedish retailer  IKEA in South East Queensland.

The JAC N55 runs on a lithium battery and has a claimed range of up to 200km on a single charge, placing it well for daily citywide deliveries with overnight charging. BLK Auto expects to deliver the new JAC electric truck in in October and APT said it will be immediately deployed into its fleet.

APT said it will utilise the EV Truck to perform home deliveries in Queensland for the Swedish company operating a ‘back to base’ model, guaranteeing overnight charging for a full day’s worth of deliveries.

The sale of the EV Truck represents BLK Auto’s official entry into the Australian EV sector, targeting transport and logistics as a primary sector for transitioning from traditional fuel fleets to renewable energies.

“We’re extremely pleased to have closed our first EV Truck sale to APT for the IKEA service, and to be an integral part of what could become a major transition for one of the world’s most iconic furniture brands,” said BLK Auto managing director, Jason Pecotic.

“With global emission reduction and carbon footprint targets now moving into the enactment phase, we see the Australia and New Zealand transport markets as key industries that can readily adapt to this change by making the investment in EV fleets,” Pecotic added.

“It is pleasing to see progressive companies such as IKEA taking that first step in Australia. We stand ready to supply our vehicles to companies looking to make these necessary investments,” he added