ANC has unveiled its first commercial electric vehicle fleet, dedicated to its client IKEA’s last mile home delivery services in New South Wales. The introduction of three 100% electric vehicles is part of ANC’s strategy to introduce an environmentally sound transportation alternative to its clients and their customers. The zero-emissions commercial trucks will save an estimated 36 tonnes of CO2 per annum when compared to a typical diesel equivalent.
ANC’s electric vehicles (EV) comprise a Hino 917 Series truck base built without a motor, gearbox, and exhaust, replaced with SEA Drive 120a electric components by Australian-based SEA Electric and a custom designed cargo box. The modular electric driveline enables the replacement of individual components as technology advances, extending the vehicle’s lifecycle. Components include electric battery packs with a lifespan of over 10 years which are 99.7% recyclable at end-of-life.
As a national provider of delivery services for the likes of IKEA, Bunnings Warehouse, Miele, Williams-Sonoma, JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys, ANC took the opportunity to design the cargo box with retail deliveries and the customer experience in mind. The box stands at a slightly taller 2.5metres, which allows for a larger number of bulky goods to be packed vertically, so it can take an average 17 deliveries per run, compared to the standard 10-12 deliveries per run. The cargo box has built-in padded wall racking to secure and protect the goods in transit. A Kemlite roof allows natural light into the box for greater safety when delivery professionals load and unload the goods.
ANC Managing Director James Taylor