Isuzu to test electric vehicles pair developed locally
Isuzu Australia will start testing two battery electric vehicles developed in Australia with Melbourne-based EV developer SEA Electric
ISUZU AUSTRALIA will start testing two battery electric vehicles (EV) developed in Australia with Melbourne-based EV developer SEA Electric.
The EV program is focused on proving the 8-9-tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) NQR and the 12-14-tonne GMV FSR for urban return-to-base applications – with an operating range of between 200-250km.
Both truck models will carry 132kWh nickel, manganese, cobalt oxide (NMC) lithium-ion battery packs powering direct drive permanent magnet motors, rated to 98 per cent efficiency.
The NQR will have maximum and continuous power of 130kW and 100kW respectively, while those for the FSR are 250kW and 150kW.
Maximum and continuous torque are 1,500Nm and 800Nm for the NQR and 2,500Nm and 1,230Nm for the FSR.
Isuzu Australia chief engineer and product strategist Simon Humphries says battery technology is advancing so quickly that batteries increase in range by about 10-15 per cent roughly every six months, for the same weight and cost.
“Or, alternatively, once you reach the range you’re after, you then reduce the weight and cost,” Humphries says.
The IAL EV eschews battery charging stations, featuring a 22kW on-board charging system and cables, which plugs into a standard industrial 400-415-volt, 32-amp, three-phase, five-pin socket.
This aims to allow for a six-hour recharge from a near-totally drained pack.
Vehicle production numbers expected to be in the 100s.
“Some of the logistics about the base cab-chassis are still to be determined,” IAL sales and marketing director Andrew Harbison says.
“Once volumes dictate, we will determine where the production is.”