The first electric JAC N-series truck, the N55 EV, has landed in South Africa, marking the company’s entry into the local electric vehicle programme.
“The new N55 EV is an emission-free truck suitable for a range of city operations which provides a reliable, economical, and safe solution to transport operators,” said Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa.
The first N55 EV in South Africa will be used by Aeversa, a company that implements charging infrastructure for electric vehicle fleets.
The truck will assist the company in the planning, prototyping, and rolling out of infrastructure for a conversion to fast-charging commercial fleets, said Rick Franz, CEO of Aeversa.
JAC N55 EV Specifications
The JAC N55 EV offers modern features, a large cabin, and space for up to three occupants.
Standard equipment includes:
- Electric windows
- 8-inch infotainment display
- Multifunction steering wheel
In terms of safety, the N55 EV is fitted with ABS, a front pedestrian warning system, and an integrated fault diagnostics programme.
According to JAC, the truck’s powertrain was also subjected to extensive fire and water testing to ensure its safety in extreme conditions.
Powering the truck is a liquid-cooled 96.77kWh LFP battery. The battery charges from 0% to 80% in 90 minutes, while 100% is achieved within two hours, said JAC.
A full charge allows a 200km driving range, a maximum load capacity of 2.5 tonnes, and a maximum incline scalability of 16.7-degrees.
It also accelerates from 0-50km/h in eight seconds and reaches a top speed of 90km/h.
“Compared to conventional diesel engine trucks, the N55 EV achieves a 50% lower fuel to energy cost and a 30% lower maintenance cost,” said JAC.
“The N55 EV is our first environmentally-friendly electric vehicle tested in real-world conditions on South African roads.”
The company is now taking orders for the N55 EV Truck, which is sold and serviced countrywide as part of the N-series model range.