What Fleet Owners Need to Know About Isuzu’s New N-Series EV

March 13th, 2023

This week at the National Truck Equipment’s Association show in Indianapolis, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America introduced Isuzu’s first all-electric production model, the N-Series EV will be available in the first half of 2024. In addition to being all-electric, the 2025 N-Series EV features an all-new cab design, plus many other exciting features. As a Class 5 truck, the N-Series EV has a 19,500-pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) so that drivers can tackle a wide variety of work truck demands. As our customers continue to express interest in electric-powered trucks, we felt it was important to provide you with additional information about what you can expect to help you decide if this model is right for you.

The Battery: Four Options to Fit a Fleet’s Needs

For the N-Series EV, Isuzu worked to find a way that they could meet the needs of different customers. They know that some do a lot more driving than others at one time and therefore need longer battery life, while others can get everything they need to do done without traveling far at all. That’s why this model will feature four battery capacity options. Options will include three-, five-, seven-, and nine-battery-pack configurations. Vehicle range will be increased the more battery packs you have, with the maximum range estimated at 235 miles. The truck can be charged using both AC and DC charging ports. Charging times vary based on the type of port you use. For AC Level 2 charging, it will take between 5.5 to 10 hours to reach a full charge. Charging time is much faster with DC Fast Charging. With this port, drivers will be able to reach a full charge within 1 to 2.5 hours. Also, these battery packs are lithium-ion batteries, so they will last longer and not require as much upkeep as lead-acid batteries. Check out the chart below for a breakdown of battery capacity, wheelbase, and mileage range based on the number of battery packs.

(Source: Isuzu)

The Exterior Cab 

Isuzu will be introducing drivers to a redesigned cab with the release of the N-Series EV. The company announced that the cab will feature a “Cross Flow” design. “Designers worked to create a look that would cheat the wind while maintaining an unmistakable Isuzu identity,” the company said. What exactly does it mean for a vehicle to have a “Cross Flow” design? Well, drivers can expect the cab to be more aerodynamic meaning it will be both quieter and more efficient. Plus, the exterior cab will feature a new grille designed to direct the flow of air around all sides of the cab. Don’t worry, though, Isuzu’s new grille will still feature the company’s iconic “smile” theme. Equipped with a new headlamp assembly and a front bumper that “improves cooling performance while reducing repair costs,” the exterior of this cab is a driver’s dream.

The Interior Cab

Isuzu says the interior cab was designed to provide comfort, convenience, and safety. To make things more comfortable for drivers, Isuzu changed the position and angle of the steering wheel. They did this to make driving more comfortable for a variety of drivers and to make the steering wheel easier to handle. The truck is also designed with three-across seating and a driver’s seat armrest.  When it comes to convenience, this truck has everything a driver needs to get the job done. Thanks to advancements in technology, this truck features a Multi-Informational Display, audio system, cruise control, hands-free phone calling, and more. Of course, it is equipped with safety features like seatbelts and driver and outboard frontal passenger airbags. There are additional features that can be added to the truck too to make it fit your unique needs. The optional Advanced Driver Assistance System features automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning system, distance alert system, forward vehicle start notification, and full-range adaptive cruise control (ACC). 

One Last Word

As you can see, the Isuzu N-Series EV is loaded with hi-tech features that fit the trucking industry in today’s day and age. Our team knows you probably have more questions about this truck, and we’re happy to help. Just give us a call at 423-622-4161. You can also view the brochure for this new truck by clicking here. We can’t wait to get the 2025 N-Series EV on our lot next year so that you can check it out in person. 

Posted by Lee-Smith