SEA Electric doubles assembly capacity

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 28, 2022

Electric truck manufacturer SEA Electric has doubled the size of its local assembly facility for zero-emission trucks in Dandenong, Melbourne.

The expanded plant will cover 8000m2 on a total site of 15,000 m2, giving SEA Electric the capacity to produce eight trucks per day, or up to 2080 units per annum.

Founded in Australia in 2012, SEA Electric released its first electric commercial products in 2017, while last year it launched its new range of medium and heavy-duty electric cab chassis models, distributed and supported by its extensive dealership network.

SEA Electric’s existing facility has for the past 12 months 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.

The local range of SEA Electric badged trucks, the SEA 300 EV and the SEA 500 EV, are available in a range of models from 4.5t GVM vehicles capable of being driven on a car licence, through to 22.5t three-axle rigid trucks.

Final applications for the products include dry and refrigerated freight, side, front and rear refuse trucks, tilt trays, work trucks and elevated work platforms amongst others, with the company recently launching Australia’s first airport refuelling EV truck.