Foton launches extended EV battery warranty

The Australian heavy vehicle distributor is promising a greater return from the batteries powering its electric vehicles

Foton Mobility Distribution is making strides in the electric vehicle (EV) space, announcing an extended battery warranty for its T5 EV all-electric trucks.

New purchasers of the T5 in the Australian market will receive an eight-year/300,000km power battery warranty for their truck in a big leap forward for EV lifespans.

The average car manufacturer typically guarantees EV batteries at an eight-year/160,000-200,000km warranty, which Foton is promising to increase substantially.

Current industry standards dictate that any defective EV battery under this eight-year/160,000km warranty are covered for repair or replacement.

Foton general manager of light duty vehicles Bill Gillespie says the company is happy to be offering advancements in EV technology.

“We are particularly proud of the Foton T5 EV, which has quickly taken a decisive sales lead in the all-electric light truck space,” Gillespie says.

“Around the world, Foton dominates the alternate fuels space with over 22,000 units produced last year alone, and with this worldwide expertise, we can stand by our products with this extended power battery warranty.

“Looking at the EV market here in Australia, this offering easily exceeds any other similar support available, allowing Foton owners to be sure they are investing in high-quality, yet affordable technology.

“Furthermore, the trucks are backed by a nationwide dealer network from Cairns to Perth, and are supported by 24/7 roadside assistance, as provided by industry leader NTI Truck Assist.”

The Foton T5 EVs batteries utilise DC fast charging, allowing for a full charge in 1.5 hours. They can also use the standard 11kW AC onboard charger, which can fully recharge the battery in 7.2 hours.

The T5 has a 3500kg braked towing capacity, which rates on the higher end for EVs, making it usable for severalfunctions across fleets.

Another strength of the T5 is its flexibility, with the model available with a rated GVM of 4,500kg for car licence operation, or 6,000kg for light rigid licenced drivers, with either option allowing for towing.

Outside of the T5, Foton offers a range of other sustainable vehicles including an electric and hydrogen city bus. The Eurise D11 electric van is also set to launch in Australia this year.

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