The largest order in the history of SEA Electric

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 21, 2021

SEA Electric has taken a significant step forward in the USA, with an order for over 1000 SEA Hino M5 EVs – the single largest order in the company’s history – for GATR EV.

The zero-emissions trucks will feature the patented SEA-Drive 120a Power System, which is specified for truck platforms with a gross vehicle weight of 5800kg to 8100kg (US class 3 to 5 trucks). The package features a 1500Nm electric motor in combination with a 138kWh battery pack.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, SEA Electric has been making major waves in the North American market over the past 18 months, establishing a nationwide network of technology partners, plus collaborations with leading OEMs. 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.

The first 40 vehicles are expected to be delivered by the end of December 2021, with the remaining vehicles to be delivered throughout 2022.

“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.”

The deal enhances Merchants’ robust commitment to the acceleration of fleet electrification throughout North America. As the nation’s fastest growing fleet management company, Merchants Fleet has committed more than US$2-billion (NZ$2.78-billion) toward having 50% of its mobility fleet electric by 2025 and 50% of its clients’ fleet electric by 2030. The company has also launched an innovative Adopt EV program, designed to help  guide businesses through each step of the fleet electrification process—from assessing needs, to purchasing the right vehicles, to charging options and infrastructure support.