Driv­e­line pioneer

Big Rigs - - CONVOY FOR A CIRE -

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.

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