SEA Electric recently unveiled its new SEA-Drive® 250 power-system, with an optional hydrogen range extender (RE), providing an optimal solution for heavier duty-cycles.
The SEA-Drive® 250 model is the perfect solution for vehicles with a GVM of up to 36,250kg, in rigid or day-cab configurations.
In a major change, SEA Electric intends to pair the power-system with a 45kW hydrogen fuel cell, extending potential vehicle range, with the architecture set to have far-reaching implications throughout the transport industry.
The new designation for the SEA-Drive® power-system joins other solutions developed by SEA Electric, namely the SEA-Drive® 70, 100, 120 and 180, which have been proven in the field with over 3 million kilometres of real-world use in a range of truck, bus and light commercial applications.
Featuring all of the market-leading attributes of the other systems available, the SEA-Drive® 250 will feature maximum power of 500kW (670hp) and peak torque of 6,200Nm (4,579 lb-ft), with power drawn from a 250kWh battery pack.
“The SEA-Drive® 250 RE represents a major breakthrough for SEA Electric in our efforts to electrify the world’s commercial transport fleet,” said Tony Fairweather, SEA Electric Founder and CEO.
“For SEA Electric, this new product combination offers us the opportunity to branch out into some fantastic new areas and applications, which can now benefit from our leadership in the industry, such as day-cab prime mover applications.
“For instance, the existing power-system designs are perfectly suited to the rigours of lighter-duty refuse collection, with the platform already proven in other deployments in the space via pure-battery powered configurations.
“Regarding the refuse industry, the SEA-Drive® 250 RE will allow us to provide a solution for 95 per cent of the market via any chassis combination.
“The arrangement of battery electric with the optional fuel cell extender will optimise weight and cost, whilst delivering the full fleet duty-cycle requirements, with performance that has never been seen before in this segment.
“One of the competitive advantages of the SEA-Drive® power-system is that all ancillary functions are completely electrified, with all hydraulics systems involved in the compacting and operation of the refuse body completely managed by the integrated systems.
“What this means is that noisy refuse trucks will be a thing of the past, which is sure to be welcomed by anyone living in an urban environment.”