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SEA leads the charge with first all-electric tipper truck

Oct. 4, 2019
SEA Electric recently a new all-electric tipper truck it says is a market first.

Australian automotive technology company SEA Electric, headquartered in Melbourne, recently a new all-electric tipper truck it says is a market first.

The new electric tipper will be deployed in Australia by the Yarra City Council, which will use the truck for hard trash pickup while exploring how to convert its garbage and recycling fleet to 100% electric vehicles over the next five years.

SEA says electric commercial vehicles are a good fit for all urban city councils.

“Our urban environments are becoming more and more frantic, filled with noise and pollution,” said Glen Walker, SEA Electric’s regional director for Oceania. “This electric tipper reverses the trend and instils a piece of tranquility and cleanliness.”

The electric tipper is quiet, has zero emissions and saves “significant” costs through reduced fuel, servicing and maintenance expense, SEA maintained.

The electric tipper is built on an Isuzu NPR 65-190 platform, but future orders can be adapted to most OEM glider platforms, the company said. It’s powered by the SEA-Drive 100 power system with a 100-killowatt/hour battery capacity that produces 59kW continuous power and 108kW maximum power. More importantly for a CV the SEA-Drive 100 produces maximum torque of 1,000 Newton metres, has a range of up to 275 kilometers (171 miles) unladen, with onboard three-phase charger that can be charged to 80% within 5 hours.

Mid-mounted batteries for vehicle balance and safety also add to driver protection, SEA claimed.

“The City of Yarra has made a wise and progressive choice with this electric tipper truck,” Walker said. “The drivers thank you because they will end their day more refreshed, the rate payers thank you because the electric tipper is competitive in cost over the whole of life compared with a diesel, and the environment thanks you.”

For information about SEA Electric’s 100% electric commercial vehicle range, contact Jacque May at [email protected].

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