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Foton shoots to the top of electric sales charts

As 2023 draws to a close, there's a new model at the top of the electric truck sales charts.

The Foton T5 EV has shot to the top of the all-electric truck sales charts in Australia, ending the 2023 year with a bang.

The local success follows in suit with Foton being number one in Chinese commercial vehicle sales for 18 straight years, with 2023 seeing the brand’s cumulative production exceed 11 million units.

A leading focus for the company has been a concerted push into new energy vehicles, with 2022 production exceeding 22,000 units, which is on track to meet the company’s 2025 target of 150,000 units annually.

Within Australia, the Foton T5 EV made waves with its unique for EV 3,500kg braked towing capacity, making it highly adaptable and capable of seamlessly integrating into fleets.

Bill Gillespie, Foton’s general manager of light duty vehicles says the T5 is only the beginning of its offerings.

“The Foton T5 EV truly hit the ground running this year, with the model’s Australian success the start of an exciting array of developments on the horizon,” he says.

“Australian companies understand the environmental challenge that is ahead of us, and through Foton, they have access to proven technology that performs in the real world.”

The T5 EV has a fully loaded range of 180km, while also offering an all-encompassing safety suite, including a Low-Speed Pedestrian Warning System, a comprehensive electronic braking and stability support package, dual SRS airbags, as well as a reversing camera and buzzer.

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From a financial perspective, the T5 EV provides fleets with around 20 per cent lower upfront and operational expenditure, with costly diesel no longer required.

“This year, we received over 200 orders, while our early deliveries have included industry leaders such as Woolworths, Kings transport and Grace Removals, to name a few,” says Gillespie.

One of the highlights for the T5 EV in 2023 was the introduction of a ready-to-go tipper, featuring an Australian-made steel tipper body, which has already found favour with municipalities and landscaping companies nationwide.

The ready-to-go space for the T5 EV is expected to grow in the future with a range of solutions purpose-made for Australian conditions.

Gillespie says 2024 will be a great year for Foton, with new developments to be implemented globally.

“For customers involved in last mile logistics, local councils, construction, plus infrastructure support, we are looking to continue to grow our offering around the country,” he says.

“Another highlight of this year has been the launch of our nationwide dealer and service network from Cairns to Perth, with more dealer points soon to be added.”

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