SEA Electric doubles assembly capacity

In News, November 20221 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 2, 2022

Electric truck manufacturer SEA Electric has doubled the size of its assembly facility in Dandenong, Melbourne. The expanded plant will cover 8000m2 on a total site of 15,000m2, giving SEA Electric the capacity to produce eight trucks daily, or up to 2080 units a year.

Founded in Australia in 2012, SEA Electric released its first electric commercial products in 2017. Last year, it launched a range of medium and heavy-duty electric cab chassis models. The SEA 300 EV and the SEA 500 EV are available in various models, from 4.5-tonne GVM vehicles capable of being driven on a car licence to 22.5-tonne three-axle rigid trucks.

For the past year, SEA Electric’s existing facility has enjoyed the benefits of a 100kW rooftop solar array, which has produced 129MWh of energy to date, with 86MWh being exported back to the power grid.

All told, the system has ensured that the site is approximately 60% carbon positive.

SEA Electric will utilise the batteries within vehicle-to-grid (V2G) functional trucks on-site, where the trucks could provide power-grid stability by feeding energy back at times of peak demand or grid disruption.