Hyundai New Zealand to preview Mighty electric powered truck

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 24, 2022

Hyundai New Zealand will preview its new Mighty electric powered truck at the TMC Trucking Show this Friday in Canterbury.

The truck will also be displayed at National Fieldays from 30 November, where Hyundai is a major sponsor.

The Mighty electric is the latest in Hyundai New Zealand’s fleet of carbon-neutral commercial vehicles. A year ago, Hyundai launched New Zealand’s first hydrogen powered heavy truck, the XCIENT Fuel Cell.

While the XCIENT fuel cell heavy truck is ideal technology for heavier loads and longer distances, the Mighty electric is the perfect complement for metro and last mile, zero emission delivery, Hyundai New Zealand said.

CEO Andy Sinclair said customers will have an opportunity to see how the Mighty electric can help decarbonise their business while getting the grunt work done.

“This early production model allows us to showcase the new all-electric technology to our commercial customers, and to test the truck in local conditions and applications,” he said.

“We’re excited to show customers how the Mighty electric keeps what people love about the Mighty range, while using new technology to reduce emissions and improve safety and efficiency.”

Sinclair said efficiency advancements mean customers will have more than just a zero-emission version of the Mighty truck range first introduced to New Zealand in 2017.

“The electric version of the Mighty is fitted out with the very latest in cab design, driving aids and safety features, it will also have a full air brake system with a wheel-activated parking brake,” he said

The Mighty electric is as much a workhorse as its diesel compatriots. The range is up to 240km (AER240), utilising ECO mode and the regenerative braking technology that can recover up to 33% of the vehicle’s energy.

“Just a 20-minute rapid charge, less than the time it would take to load cargo, grants 100km of all-electric range,” said Sinclair.

The Mighty electric has a 120kW/1007Nm traction motor, powered by a 502V battery system. It will be available in two model variants 5995kg and 7200kg GVM, both will be 4×2 configurations with a 3300mm wheelbase. They will operate in the light-duty truck segment with an approximate cargo capacity between 1845kg ~ 3500kg, depending on variant and upper body specification.

Series production for the Hyundai Mighty electric is planned to commence in the first quarter of 2023, with final specifications and pricing still to be confirmed.