Fleet management company  Orix has announced it has helped electric truck conversion company SEA Electric launch an electric truck based on Hino’s 300 series 917, specifically  for Australian building, roadworks firm, Fulton Hogan.

The SEA Hino 917 EV will be used by Fulton Hogan,  as a road maintenance truck Port Phillip council in Melbourne and is the first of its type to be launched by SEA.

“We share SEA Electrics’ ambition to determine and implement environmentally sustainable options that assist organisational necessities. Orix is\ proud to have worked with long-standing consumer, Fulton Hogan, on this electric truck,” said Scott Thorpe, Orix’ general manager of sales and marketing.

The SEA Electric truck is based on a Hino 917 platform powered by SEA-Drive 100 power-system with a 100kWh battery delivering 108kW of power.

Fulton Hogan CEO – infrastructure services Matthew MacMahon said his team is excited to introduce the first fully electric maintenance vehicle into its fleet.

“The technology aligns with Fulton Hogan’s commitment to sustainable transport and roadworks solutions,” MacMahon added.

Electric propulsion firm SEA is also claiming a world first for the truck having outlets for power tools to be used roadside, powered off the EV trucks’ battery rather than a fossil-fuel  generator.

“The SEA Electric team had some fun bringing this idea to reality”, SEA Electric regional director of Oceania Glen Walker said.

“We joked we have just built the world’s most versatile zero-emissions power board.

“We thank Fulton Hogan and Orix for giving SEA Electric another opportunity to prove the ability, adaptability and versatility of our SEA-Drive technology.

“This vehicle also expands upon the increasingly productive collaboration between SEA Electric and Hino Trucks Australia.”

The electric truck is built on a Hino 917 platform, however, SEA emphasises that future orders can be adapted to most OEM glider platforms.

It is powered by the SEA-Drive 100 power-system with a 100kWh battery capacity, which produces 108kW maximum power.

SEA notes the SEA-Drive 100 produces a maximum torque of 1,000Nm, has a range of up to 275km unladen, with an onboard three-phase charger that can be charged to 80 per cent within five hours.

The EV truck also has CCSD DC fast charge.

It is understood that Hino is preparing to make an announcement about  a collaboration with SEA in Australia in the coming month, following the announcement in the USA of a similar alliance with Hino North America.