Hino adds electric models

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Updated Mar 9, 2023
Class 6 Hino L6e
The Class 6 L6e conventional uses SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system equipped with a 220kwH battery capacity.

Class 5 M5e caboverThe Class 5 M5e cabover integrates SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system and comes equipped with battery capacities of 138kwH.Hino, at Work Truck Week in Indianapolis Wednesday, rolled out fully electric versions of its M- and L- Series medium duty trucks, which the company will brand the Me Series and Le Series, respectively. 

Available in 2024, the Class 5 M5e cabover and Class 6 L6e conventional models integrate SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system and come equipped with battery capacities of 138kwH (up to 190 miles) and 220kwH (up to 160 miles), respectively. 

Hino Trucks President Glenn Ellis said the company's dealer network is already prepared for the forthcoming electric products, each having already undergone high-voltage training from Hino’s previous hybrid product and are capable to service electric vehicles "safely and efficiently," he said. 

Ellis said Hino is also building infrastructure to support the trucks with Hino INCLUSEV, a portfolio of end-to-end electric vehicle enablement exclusively available through Hino’s dealer network. This is a customer centric, dealer unified end-to-end EV enablement solution that includes consulting, sales, infrastructure, single-source financing, support and service. 

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.