SEA Electric debuted its SV6 EV step van for last‐mile deliveries at Work Truck Week in Indianapolis, Indiana.
At the heart of SEA Electric's Class 6 SV6 EV is the SEA‐Drive power‐system, which provides range, driving performance, and environmental credentials, with zero local emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, or nitrous oxide.
Thanks to its medium‐voltage architecture and no requirement for active thermal mangement, SEA Electric’s solution is a light, cost‐effective, and efficient system available in the battery‐electric last‐mile delivery segment.
“Our mission is to eliminate approximately 2.5 billion pounds of CO2 emissions over the next five years," said Tony Fairweather, founder and CEO of SEA Electric. “When compared to a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle, the benefits extend far beyond energy effiencies. From an operational perspective, lower maintenance and running costs are a given, with the elimination of diesel consumption and fewer moving parts minimising service costs. Our users can fully expect to recover any purchase price premium within a maximum five years, plus this return is often bolstered further depending on state or local initiatives available.”
The system’s management software is designed to optimize power distribution to the various sub‐systems of the vehicles, with this energy conservation backed up by passive and active stages of regenerative braking, which charge the medium voltage batteries while the vehicle slows.
For users, the switch to EV provides a comfortable work environment, with health and safety considerations including no noise, fumes, heat, or vibrations.
Powered by the SEA‐Drive 120b power‐system, the SEA SV6 EV covers applications with a GVWR up to 26,000 lbs. (Class 6), with its 335hp and 1,845 lb‐ft performance ratings capable of handling any situation.
The 138kWh battery pack for the platform delivers an unladen range of up to 170 miles, complete with vehicle‐to‐grid (V2G) charging capabilities, while also configured for fast charging at up to 100kW. The batteries come with a full five‐year warranty, with the warranty of the systems covering three years or 50,000 miles. The nature of the mid‐mounted batteries improves safety and driving dynamics, while also supplying power to all ancillary systems.
A mobile app and fleet portal will soon be released to complement the onboard telemetry. Plans are afoot for a Class 3, 4, and 5 step‐van solution (SEA SV3 EV, SEA SV4 EV, and SEA SV5 EV) as well.