All Purpose Transport backs JAC in electric truck trial

Light-duty N55 EV put through its paces for firm's furniture deliveries

All Purpose Transport backs JAC in electric truck trial
The trial truck


The new JAC electric light duty truck has hit Australian roads following its unveiling at the recent Brisbane Truck Show (BTS), as a furtniture delivery vehicle in Brisbane.

The JAC N55 EV has been working in trials with All Purpose Transport (APT), the transport provider for Fantastic Furniture, and a number of other leading retail operations around the country.
JAC says the vehicle has been well received by APT and Fantastic Furniture, returning strong flexibility, range, driveability and performance.
APT divisional manager - new furniture Mitch Devine says the truck has already impressed with its good throttle response, quiet operation and power to allow smooth transition in traffic flow.
"The E55 is nice to drive and handles well and the cabin is comfortable and spacious, while the dash is nice and clear," Devine says.
"We have put the truck through a number of days operation including local test drives for key stakeholders and staff, actual delivery operations and promotional activities on main highways and in suburban streets.
"Our longest day of testing so far saw the JAC perform extremely well, covering 139km of actual delivery operation, with about one third of that on highway and two thirds on suburban streets, using about 73 per cent of its battery capacity.

Read about JAC's presence at the Brisbane Truck Show, here

"It has also proved  quick and easy to charge and, on several days, we covered around 50km, using about 25 per cent of its battery capacity, which we were able to charge back to full capacity around 55 minutes.
"The vehicle handled the deliveries well and had plenty left in the tank for more deliveries as required and our aim for the remainder of the trials is  to push the vehicle out in regards to both distance and battery utilisation.
"The other factor for us to consider is the fact that during the trials the truck had to travel around 25 kilometres in on highway running to get to the loading point, and if the vehicle was charged at the point of loading we could save additional battery percentage." 
APT general manager Paul Kahlert welcomed the JAC N55 as a new competitive alternative in the EV market as the company pursues its zero emission goals.
"All Purpose Transport commenced our EV journey in 2019 with a goal of 35 zero emission vehicles by 2025," Kahlert, whose firm was an early SEA Electric adopter for its Ikea operations, says.
"JAC’s new offering of EV to the Australian market has opened an alternative competitive solution to fleets replacing their diesel motors with a carbon neutral option.

"We thank BLK Auto for giving us the opportunity to undertake a month-long real life test drive of their JAC equipment."
Jason Pecotic, the managing director of JAC's Australian and New Zealand distributor BLK Auto, says the trials with APT have proved promising and the truck will move on to other major fleets in Sydney and Melbourne over the next few weeks.
"The initial trials have proved our claims about range driveability as well as performance, and we are pleased that All Purpose has been very happy with the truck," he says.
"It is clear that this is a very competitive product that delivers strong range and zero emissions at a price that is extremely competitive and is already arousing lots of interest in the market from other operators who are seeking a cost competitive zero emission transport solution."
The JAC N55 EV is available as a car licence-compliant 4.5-tonne spec or as a light rigid-spec 5.5 tonne and on current pricing it bests equivalent opponents by as much as 40 per cent, its proponents claim.

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