Energy provider, EnergyAustralia has announced it has joined forces with commercial electric  vehicle maker, SEA Electric in what  the two companies are describing as ‘a strategic partnership”, which they say will assist in accelerating the transition to clean energy for the nation’s truck fleets.

The companies say  that at the cornerstone of the offering, EnergyAustralia will work with SEA Electric clients in tailoring a ‘zero-harm, bespoke solution for their energy needs’.

Energy Australia  says that its ‘leading knowledge of the technicalities involved with shifting fleets to green transport solutions’, customised advice can be provided on depot development, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, retail contracts, and rooftop solar, batteries and energy management software solutions.

“By providing future-fuel road maps for e-fleets and transport depots, EnergyAustralia has demonstrated that transitioning completely to zero carbon, green energy-driven fleets is achievable today,” said the statement from the two companies.

Jack Kotlyar, EnergyAustralia’s head of NextGen, said that the company’s partnership with SEA Electric means customers get an end-to-end solution for their electric transportation needs.

“When you get your electric truck from SEA Electric, you need a way to charge it. This is where EnergyAustralia can help, providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure for your depot. Plus, we can provide expert advice on a range of other aspects which involve unique considerations in the case of e-fleets, including fleet routes, grid connection, retail contracts and solar/batteries,” said Kotlyar.

“All our solutions are implemented in a safe, zero-harm way for our people and environment, we look forward to working with SEA Electric to deliver greener cities, cleaner communities and quieter neighbourhoods,” he said.

SEA Electric says it  is leading the world in the all-electric truck and bus space, with products deployed on five continents having completed more than  two million kilometres of successful usage since 2017.

“SEA Electric is proud to partner with EnergyAustralia as we build our all-encompassing ecosystem of products and partners across the country,” said SEA Electric’s president of Asia Pacific region, Bill Gillespie.

“While we are experts in producing commercial vehicles that are fit for purpose, EnergyAustralia are the specialists in providing the best possible advice when it comes to energy supply solutions,” Gillespie said.

“By understanding a business’s energy needs, now and into the future, EnergyAustralia can provide an appropriate plan that will ensure there is adequate energy to power an entire fleet of EVs, with the right charging and energy transmission infrastructure in place.

“When compared to a traditional internal combustion-engine vehicles, the benefits of moving to electric vehicles extend far beyond energy efficiencies.

“For example, from an operational perspective, lower maintenance and running costs are a given, with the elimination of diesel consumption and fewer moving parts minimises service costs and downtime.Our users can expect to recover any purchase price premium within a maximum of five years,” Gillespie said.

“Ultimately, the strategic partnership aims to provide certainty on both energy costs, and the green credentials of the energy that is used,” he added.