Any fear of battery life problems has been subdued with a new eight-year or 300,000km warranty for Australian buyers of the Foton T5 all-electric truck.

Foton Mobility said the extended warranty is now available on all new orders, dealer stock and demonstrator models. This complements the T5’s general vehicle warranty of five years or 200,000km.

Foton Mobility Distribution’s general manager of light-duty vehicles, Bill Gillespie, said the T5 EV had quickly taken a sales lead in the all-electric light truck space.

“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,” he said.

“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 EV’s leading point of difference is its unique for an EV with a 3500kg braked towing capacity that makes it highly adaptable to varying roles and capable of seamlessly slotting into more fleet applications.A leading example of the model in use is the ready-to-go T5 EV tipper, featuring an Australian-made steel tipper body, making it ideal for use in municipalities and landscaping.

Another strength of the package is its flexibility, with the model available with a rated GVM of 4500kg for car licence operation, or 6000kg for light rigid licensed drivers, with either option allowing for towing.

Foton said that from a financial perspective, the T5 EV features around 20 per cent lower upfront and operational expenditure costs, with line items such as diesel being a thing of the past.

“Uptime is not compromised for the package, with DC fast charging allowing for full recharging in 1.5 hours, or alternatively, the standard 11kW AC onboard charger can fully recharge the drive battery in just 7.2 hours, allowing for overnight turnarounds,” the company said.

The T5 EV has a fully loaded range of 180km, while also offering a full safety suite, including a low-speed pedestrian warning system, a comprehensive electronic braking and stability support package, dual airbags, as well as a reversing radar and buzzer.

Foton said that to be eligible for the new power battery warranty, all vehicle servicing is required to be completed according to the owner’s handbook service schedule.

Foton Mobility Distribution is headquartered in Sydney and is the wholly Australian-owned local Distributor of Foton Global zero-emission products.

The brand has a nationwide EV dealer network from Cairns to Perth and an extensive dedicated service and parts support team.

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