Iveco’s Electric Acco Hits The Road In Australia

OCT 21 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

Electric Iveco Acco by SEA Electric will clean up Australia.

SEA Electric, an Australian company engaged in electric powertrains and commercial vehicle conversions, is introducing Australia‘s first, locally manufactured (in Victoria)  all-electric truck based on highly popular Iveco Acco.

The truck is equipped with a 220 kWh battery pack, good for up to 250 km (155 miles) with full payload (GVM is 23,500 kg). 85% of the components were sourced locally.

As the Iveco Acco EV is a joint project with waste body equipment manufacturer, Superior Pak, the truck will be used as a waste truck.

“The first truck off the production line is a special order featuring a two-in-one body incorporating an industrial cage with electric ramp for picking up white goods and similar heavy items, while at the rear is a more traditional compactor body, it will be used on a hard waste collection with the City of Casey in Melbourne.”

Rob Wrigley, Superior Pak Managing Director said:

“We’ve had a similar electric powered collection vehicle operating in New Zealand for some time now, and the owners are very pleased with the performance. The payback on the vehicle is attractive as is the low operating costs and lower total cost of ownership.”

Iveco Acco EV specs:

  • up to 250 km (155 miles) of range at full payload
  • 220 kWh battery pack (lithium-ion NMC type), 10+ years lifecycle
  • 23,500 kg GVM
  • top speed limited to 100 km/h (62 mph)
  • 22 kW on-board charger
  • 6×2 and 6×4 versions available

SEA Electric ACCO EV from Tony Fairweather on Vimeo.


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10 Comments on "Iveco’s Electric Acco Hits The Road In Australia"

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First of all, Australia should must change the huge ammount of coal used to produce electricity. The truck maybe will be a clean vehicle, but not the electricity that fill their batteries.

True, record amount of solar and wind installs this year mean it is less so.

It depends where the truck is working and how they choose to fill the batteries, directly from the grid or from their own solar and wind generated energy. A recent article in a newspaper gave the example of a local council who was now generating all of its own energy requirements and switching to electric cars. You have to look a little deeper into the sources of the power from state to state as well. In Tasmania, the southern most island state of Australia, currently 97% of all electricity generated is via hydro electric power stations. And the Tasmanian state government is looking at increasing its renewable energy production to over 110% of state needs and on selling the excess generated to a neighboring state. All by 2021, I think. I may be wrong on the year. But it is in the next two or three years. All told, Tasmania will generate over 500 MW of wind electricity by the end of 2019. Other states have started to move away from coal towards renewable’s, albeit at a slower pace.

Well, but the energy production must be the right if we want that electric cars make the real difference in enviromental protection and health. As I said if countries like USA produces 80% of its electricity burning coal and hidrocarbures, despite all the efforts that Tesla and others done, the overall pollution will be higher than other countries with petrol cars.
Some countries must to do much more.
The electric car only has sense if the electricity is mainly clean and susteinable. Is less efficient, so more pollutant, a electric car when the electricity it needs come from coal or oil, than a diésel modern car, wich is refused as dirty for so many people.
Electric cars by themselves, aren’t the solution. We need a deeper changes in the way we produce and use the energy.

Coal powered EVs are equivalent pollution wise to Gas cars (see Union of Concerned Scientists articles), add any renewable source and EVs start to pull away. Also better to have vehicles active and ready to take clean energy than to wait for some further cleaning of grid first.

Well in USA with very large cars, SUVs, pick-ups…. with a huge engines, Australia too… maybe you are right. Probably in Japan or Europe, will be different.

But anyway, is not the best way to charge the electric cars.

About to have vehicles active…. I think that’s good, but is only the one part of the problem. And if we change petrol cars por EVs that use electricity from a very pollutant sources, we only change the location of the pollution from cities, to the place the electic plants be. The most important, is to change carbon based energy to other sources. In transport and in generation.

Of course the grid needs to be cleaned as well — but the point is that it doesn’t have to be happen *first*.

Also, the US is nowhere near 80% fossil generation. What’s more, there are major benefits even when electricity is completely coal-powered: stationary power plants are more efficient; they usually have better filters; and the pollution mostly happens away from densely populated areas.

The benefits are larger of course when combining both clean electricity with electric vehicles — but that doesn’t mean one has priority over the other.

Chances are that when you’re interested in electrifying your logistics then you’re also interested in filling your warehouse roofs with PV panels.


250 km range is plenty for suburban waste collection