Electric truck start up SEA Electric has received the HVIA award for Product Innovation for its locally assembled range of all-electric trucks
The HVIA award, which recognises industry members who have designed and utilised new technology, or built an innovative product to address the growing road freight task, saw SEA Electric receive the award on the basis that its Australian truck assembly operation has resulted in ‘many specialist jobs being created, both in the company’s engineering ranks and within the factory’.
SEA Electric, said the HVIA award, affirms its commitment to the Australian market.
“This is a proud day for SEA Electric, and acknowledges the pioneering efforts by the team to develop world-leading technology that is genuinely making a positive impact on the environment,” said Bill Gillespie, SEA Electric president Asia – Pacific.
“The transport industry is the second highest producer of carbon dioxide emissions across the country outside of traditional power generation, and this is clearly a subject that will continue to be under the microscope as the industry investigates future options.
“Here at SEA Electric, we are at the forefront of providing cutting edge products that have been extensively tested in the field, and have been warmly embraced by companies looking to take environmental leadership.
“We are entering an exciting phase for the zero-emissions logistics scene, so to have our efforts recognised by the HVIA with this award is very gratifying.”
Meanwhile, Glen Walker, SEA Electric vice president Asia – Pacific Region, the industry recognition is validation of years of development carried out by the company.
Walker, who oversees operational activities across the Asia Pacific Region, including new products, design for manufacture and assembly systems innovation, notes the significant step that the company has made this year.
“Producing these trucks here in Australia for Australia, and distributing and supporting them via a national dealer network, is resonating positively within the marketplace,” Walker said.
“We are proud of this award, and we continue to be proud of our achievements in producing a full range of class-leading innovative trucks that normalise zero-emission propulsion. They just work.”
The SEA Electric range of trucks are assembled at its Melbourne facility, from Semi Knocked Down (SKD) kits, with the truck cab mated to chassis rails, suspension, wheels and the SEA-Drive power-system.
The drive train is currently available in four specifications, ranging from 134kW/700Nm, through to 350kW/3,500Nm, with various battery capacities available between 88kWh and 220kWh.
Future-proofed with an upgradable plug and play architecture, the SEA-Drive® power-system can be charged via the world’s most extensive charging network, which is 415V 3-phase power through the truck’s standard onboard charging equipment, with optional DC fast charging also available.