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After a 3-year project in conjunction with Australian automotive technology company SEA Electric, fleet service provider All Purpose Transport are set to deploy Queensland’s first 100% electric delivery truck for IKEA’s planned zero emissions truck fleet by 2025.

IKEA’s bold vision for a 100 per cent electric home delivery fleet by 2025 is seeing fleet delivery services such as APT partner with SEA Electric to build all-electric delivery trucks.

All Purpose Transport General Manager, Paul Kahlert said “All Purpose Transport is a progressive transport business that wants to take a leadership role in Queensland towards reducing emissions with the introduction of Electric Vehicles.” All Purpose Transport are aiming for 10% of their IKEA delivery fleet to be all-electric by the end of 2020.

The new All Purpose Transport all-electric delivery truck is built on a Hino 917 glider with the SEA-Drive® 120a power-system.

Glen Walker, SEA Electric’s Regional Director of Oceania said “the 100% electric power-system offers a range of up to 300 kms (unladen), zero emissions saving an estimated 36 tonnes of CO2 per annum when compared to a typical diesel equivalent, enhanced driver comfort and safety with little heat and noise, and reduced cost of total ownership.”

All Purpose Transport operates an owner driver model and they have purchased the SEA Hino 917 delivery truck to test the business benefits of running an electric delivery truck and evaluate the positives and negatives. All Purpose Transport plan to offer an electric vehicle leasing scheme for a sustainable business model to their owner drivers.

IKEA is a corporate member of the EV100 group of companies joining the likes of DHL, Heathrow Airport, Hewlett Packard and Swiss Post.

Another IKEA fleet partner, Sydney based ANC have had three IKEA SEA Electric delivery trucks on the road for the past 10 months.

Collectively the three ANC electric trucks have travelled 85,000klms, travelling an average of 185klm per day on a single charge, and made over 5,000 deliveries with an average weight of around 2.5 tonnes. It is estimated in 10 months the three ANC electric trucks have saved a total of 90 tonnes of CO2.

SEA Electric head office operates from a facility in Melbourne with plans underway for a large-scale assembly facility in the Latrobe Valley in regional Victoria.