Isuzu to test elec­tric ve­hi­cles pair de­vel­oped lo­cally

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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.”

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