Case studies

Technology transforms vans and trucks into electric vehicles

Victoria-based manufacturer SEA Electric is converting medium-duty trucks and commercial vans into electric vehicles.

The business has developed three drive train models for vehicles of three different sized commercial vehicles: 5m to 7m vans and minibuses, 9 to 13 tonne GVM truck cab/chassis and 14 to 17t GVM truck cab/chassis.

SEA Electric integrates and assembles electric vehicle drive train systems into a basic chassis and framework including the cab, fitted with the battery pack, electric motor, and other elements of the drive train of the truck.  SEA Electric also fit the electronic infrastructure of the truck. 

The technology allows adaptation to most van and light/medium duty truck platforms. It is suited to vehicles, which travel relatively fixed and known route distances, that return to base for overnight charging. The electric vehicles will perform express freight, general delivery and waste collection duties around Australia. As the cost of lithium ion reduces, SEA Electric expects heavy duty trucks and buses to become economically viable as well.

The CEFC is committing $5 million in finance to help the business take its next growth step, enabling it to purchase components for its next business orders.  The project is another example of finance from the Clean Energy Innovation Fund.  It is also a good example of the CEFC's focus on delivering clean energy solutions for Australian cities as part of its Sustainable Cities Investment Program.