AN INTERESTING display was that of Sea Electric. With drivelines designed and manufactured in Australia from the best components available worldwide, the company displayed a 1750kg payload E4V van fitted with its product. Also on display on the Isuzu stand were two vehicles fitted with the Sea Electric driveline.
The Isuzu FSR becomes the FSRV. In this application the motor and gearbox have been removed and that space filled with batteries – double stacked where the engine used to be, dropping to a single layer in lieu of the gearbox. Around two-thirds of the way down the chassis and nestled between the rails, sits the electric motor with a very short tail shaft to the differential. On the Isuzu, the package is about 250 to 300kg heavier than the equivalent diesel driven truck which is not crippling, particularly for around town delivery applications.
Apart from Isuzu, the company has also worked on a couple of Hinos and an Acco which will be going to a garbage contractor.
A company spokesman said the company saw the opportunity of Sea Electric application from vans through to 24-ton, three-axle garbage compactors.
“The product is definitely for urban use – a depot back to depot scenario,” he said.
“At the end of the day the operator plugs into three-phase power back at base and is ready to go again the next morning. Isuzu Australia got the approval from head office to trial the electric platforms that we are developing and are very keen to continue with this.”
Sea Electric’s 1750kg payload van.