Australian electric truck maker, SEA Electric, has taken a significant step forward in the USA, with a massive order for SEA of over 1,000 trucks. The order is for SEA Hino M5 EVs and is the single largest order in the company’s history.
The new truck are to be delivered to GATR EV and will feature the patented SEA-Drive Power System, a system which is adaptable to most OEM truck glider chassis platforms.
Now headquartered in Los Angeles, SEA Electric has been making waves in the North American market over the past 18 months, establishing a nationwide network of technology partners, plus collaborations with leading OEMs.
The SEA M5 EV model features an SEA-Drive 120a Power System, and is specified for truck platforms with a GVM of 6000kgs to over 8,000kg. The package features a 1500Nm electric motor, in combination with a 138 kWh battery pack.
“This deal is the culmination of years of research, development and growth, and proves that SEA Electric is on track to be number one when it comes to electrifying fleets across the world,” said Mike Menyhart, SEA Electric President, Americas and Chief Strategy Officer. “The market is looking for a proven EV solution, and with SEA Electric, we bring that to the industry technology which has been verified with millions of miles of real-world use.
“Furthermore, this announcement reaffirms our commitment to continue our rapid expansion within the North American market, and sets the scene for an exciting 2022.”
For SEA Electric, the milestone far exceeds the previous benchmark order for the company.
“This is our first four-digit order, and it comes in a non-incentive state, which proves that commercial EV solutions can expand in areas with no incentives, while all corners of the market are seeking premium EV solutions,” said Nick Casas, SEA Electric Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “GATR should be congratulated for being at the forefront of EV supply and being capable of servicing the needs of large fleets immediately.
“GATR has a partnership with Merchants Fleet, which will benefit the end-user, who will not only be able to access an electric solution straight away, but will be able to transact with one of the most respected leasing companies in the USA.”
Merchants Fleet has committed more than $2.65 billion toward having 50 per cent of its mobility fleet electric by 2025 and 50 per cent of its clients’ fleet electric by 2030. The company has also launched an innovativeAdopt EV program,designed to help guidebusinesses through each step of the fleet electrification process, from assessing needs, to purchasing the right vehicles,to charging options and infrastructure support.