The move follows in the footsteps of earlier supply agreements, which included the sale of SEA Electric-branded Class 5 trucks. This announcement paves the way for Hino Trucks to fit SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive® power-system to the M and L Series.
The SEA-Drive® 120a power-system was part of Project Z, Hino Trucks’ first advancement into zero-emission vehicles in the medium-duty space. The company will unveil further details of the SEA Electric-Hino Trucks’ arrangement in due course.
“This is another monumental day for SEA Electric in our quest to electrify the world’s commercial fleets and move to a zero emissions future,” says Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric CEO and founder. “Hino Trucks’ products are renowned the world over for their dependability and reliability, and we are proud to be a part of the next chapter of that story.”
Fairweather also says that SEA Electric has committed to building a business that is environmentally and economically sustainable. The company welcomes the opportunity to expand its relationship with Hino Trucks in the development and advancement of its products. The partnership allows SEA Electric to also work with upfitters and suppliers, extending SEA Electric beyond its current market, Fairweather explains.
For Hino Trucks, the announcement expands its range in a growing market.
Glenn Ellis, Hino Trucks president, says it pleases Hino to add SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive to the M and L series. Ellis says Hino Trucks now offers an option for all the markets under the ACT mandate.