JAC-ing up their EV truck game

Chinese commercial vehicle brand, JAC, says it will add the 4-tonne N75 EV to its 3.5 tonne EV in South Africa.

N75 EV 4 tonne

JAC was founded in 1964 and has been manufacturing battery-electric trucks since 2014. Its current electric truck platforms range from 2.5 to 12 tonnes. The addition of the battery-electric derivatives to its N-Series is part of the company's vision of a zero-emission future for JAC trucks, focusing on efficient, cost-effective battery-electric trucks.

The N75 EV features a 65 kW (130 kW peak power) synchronous electric motor with 415/1 200 Nm of torque. It is powered by a 106.95 kWh LFP battery pack that enables a reach of 200 km per charge.

It also features an economical driving mode and uses regenerative braking to maximise battery life and range. It accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in eight seconds, achieves a top speed of 90 km/h and can scale up to 16.7 degrees with a load of four tonnes.

The battery recharges in approximately two hours, offering a range of 200 km. Compared to a conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) truck, the N75 EV saves 50 percent on fuel/energy costs.

The N75 EV 4-tonne truck offers a payload of 4 000 kg and boasts AEBS (Advanced Emergency Brake System), ASR (Acceleration Slip Regulation), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and HAS (Hill Start Assist).

"The new N75 EV is an excellent example of our global drive to offer green mobility solutions to transport operators who want low running costs and reliability while minimising their impact on the environment," says Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa.

"Our new N75 EV offers transport operators an alternative solution to ICE trucks being used for last-mile deliveries. It guarantees a substantial reduction in operating costs, making it the perfect choice for modern-day logistics companies competing in a highly competitive environment," adds Göbel.

The N75 EV comes at a price tag of R999 131.

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