In a move to accelerate the application of carbon neutral vehicles in Australian transport, Kings Transport has announced a large-scale investment in electric trucks.
According to Kings Transport, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SEA Automotive – a young Australian company specialising in the development of light and medium-duty electric vehicles – for the order of nine trucks.
The sizable order will include three each of SEA’s 15-tonne Volta model, 10-tonne Sturgeon truck and Musk light van.
According to a joint press release, Kings will also work closely with SEA to provide advice and assistance on how to optimise local content, specifications and cab configurations to deliver the most suitable product for Kings’ needs, and ultimately the local market a whole.
“Kings Group is delighted to support and partner with SEA Automotive. Kings is committed to a carbon neutral policy for our company-owned fleet, and our agreement with SEA Automotive is definitive proof of our commitment to provide our customers with leading EV [electric vehicle, ed.] technology, and to assist them to reduce transport based carbon emissions,” said Kings Group CEO, Tony Mellick.
SEA Automotive Executive Chairman, Tony Fairweather, added, “SEA Automotive welcomes the opportunity to work closely with an industry leader … in bringing our commercial electric vehicles to the Australian and New Zealand markets.
“Commercial electric vehicles are now economically and operationally viable alternatives to conventional diesel powered trucks. Continuing improvements in battery and EV technology cost and performance will only extend EV cost and environmental advantages into the future. SEA looks forward to Kings’ immense experience assisting SEA in finalising our vehicle specifications.
According to Mellick, Kings will work with its customers and SEA Automotive over the next 12 months to confirm the scale at which it will replace, where appropriate, current vehicles with electric vehicles.
“We will also explore with our 1,500 contractors and SEA proposals to simultaneously introduce EVs into our contractor fleet,” said Mellick