During a press conference at NTEA Work Truck Week, Hino Trucks announced an expansion of its product range to include electric vehicles. Hino Trucks will offer an electric version of their M- and L-Series medium-duty trucks branded Me Series and Le Series available in 2024. Hino Trucks will begin production of these new vehicles integrating SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system.
“Starting in 2024, Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) mandates are starting to kick off in California which are growing the demand for electric vehicles (EV), and many of our customers want to add EV’s to evaluate operational capabilities,” said Glenn Ellis, President of Hino Trucks. “This strategic collaboration with SEA Electric is part of our plan to provide powertrain options to meet the needs for our customers and markets throughout the United States.”
Hino Trucks noted that its national dealer network is prepared for the coming changes. Each dealer is already high-voltage trained from Hino’s previous hybrid product and are capable to service electric vehicles safely and efficiently. Hino Trucks is also building infrastructure to support these trucks with Hino INCLUSEV, an end-to-end electric vehicle enablement solution exclusively available through Hino’s dealer network. This dealer unified end-to-end EV enablement solution includes consulting, sales, infrastructure, single-source financing, support and service.