Zeus is the god of the sky in ancient Greek mythology, it’s also a pretty cool name for a pretty cool truck!
And, that vehicle you see in the image above, could soon be available in Australia.
The truck is fully electric and was designed for “severe-duty” operations by the North American manufacturer, Zeus Electric Chassis.
Now, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT) there has been an announcement that the Zeus products will be heading our way.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with AUSEV, a subsidiary of Boss Capital Holdings (Boss), at the event.
“This MOUS will provide opportunities for the companies to collaborate in the distribution, service, and marketing of the Zeus Electric Chassis all-electric cab-chassis in Australia and the broader Oceania market.” – Zeus statement
Zeus will be exporting a new, right-hand drive (RHD) version of its Z-19 Power Platform to Australia as part of the MOU.
Boss Managing Director Edward Kocwa said an agreement, when signed, will unlock exciting opportunities to launch the electrified work truck market in Australia.
“The mission at AUSEV is to accelerate the adoption of RHD electrical vehicles into the market, and an agreement will allow us to do that and become a leading distributor of heavy-duty RHD 4×4 electric trucks in Australia.”
A purchase commitment for 100 Zeus vehicles – a combination of fully assembled cab-chassis and partially assembled units knock-down kits (KDKs) – will be central to the agreement.
The MOU provides for final assembly of the KDKs in Australia.
“Our subsidiary, Advanced Manufacturing Queensland, located in Brendale, has the ability to manage the assembly of initial knock-down kits,” noted Kocwa.
Kocwa said that he appreciates the excellent working relationship AUSEV shares with the Zeus team.
“Partnering with Zeus was an obvious choice due to their solution-ready offering to the market. We recognized the value in a fully engineered solution that not only allowed speed to market for AUSEV, but could also provide on-purpose configurations of vehicle body types for fleet and asset managers who are being mandated to lower their CO2 emissions.”
For Zeus, a strategic agreement will allow it to leverage AUSEV’s presence and expertise in Australia and throughout the Oceania region at large to generate revenue and growth outside of North America.
“There will be continued opportunity for joint development of the Power Platform to integrate with different vocational truck bodies as AUSEV and Zeus work together to penetrate the Australian EV medium-duty truck space.” – Zeus CEO Bob Grinstead
Headquartered in Minnesota, Zeus recently introduced its all-electric Power Platform cab-chassis designed exclusively for the vocational work truck industry.
The Class 4-6 cab-chassis is designed from the ground up to accommodate the widest possible variety of truck bodies and to operate all traditional truck-mounted equipment.