Australian EV truck manufacturer SEA Electric supports the recent policy release by the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) regarding the trucking industry’s future.
SEA Electric Asia Pacific Region president Bill Gillespie says it has been working closely with the EVC and the ATA to develop the key pathways for zero-emission transport in Australia.
“We commend the work of the EVC and the ATA in promoting the move to electric trucks and drafting these policies,” he says.
“Australian industry will need encouragement and leadership to create a viable pathway towards zero-emission truck acquisition, with further work required by all levels of government in showing leadership.
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“We call on close cooperation with the transport industry to support the faster adoption of policies to support the electrification of trucks on our roads.”
Gillespie says the road freight sector accounts for 38% of the country’s total transport emissions.
“It is SEA Electric’s view is that if Australia is planning to meet its 2050 net carbon emissions targets, then more broad-ranging government support will be required to ensure that companies can scale accordingly in an affordable manner.”
Founded in Melbourne in 2012, SEA Electric last year began series production of all-electric trucks locally, in the process becoming the first manufacturer worldwide to release a comprehensive range of EV solutions for a massive array of final applications.
“From our origins, we have grown to have a presence on five continents with the ability to upfit 60,000 units a year globally, and as such, we have a stated mission to eliminate over a billion kilograms of CO2 emissions over the next five years worldwide,” Gillespie explains.
Early successes for SEA Electric include working with manufacturers such as Hino, while in December the company announced an agreement to supply Midwest Transit Equipment with 10,000 systems for use in North American school buses.
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