Smith expands electric truck offerings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. extended its Newton commercial vehicle platform to Class 3 and 4 models, which are available in the U.S. and initial deliveries will take place before the end of the year.

The Smith Newton is fuel-emissions-free, runs without noise or vibration, and stores electric energy during stopping through a regenerative braking process.

The truck has a top speed of 50 mph, a range on one battery charge in excess of 100 miles and a payload of over 16,000 pounds. The Newton is also the first commercial all-electric truck to achieve new vehicle emissions certification in California.

“With this expansion, Smith is building off the success of the world-leading Smith Newton electric commercial truck platform to offer customers options for a much broader set of delivery needs,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith. “The medium-duty truck market is the real sweet spot for electric commercial vehicles and extending the class of vehicles we offer is an aggressive move to increase the addressable market with a proven vehicle platform.”

In August 2009, Smith Electric Vehicles was awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy. The money is being used for the production of all-electric, zero emissions commercial trucks for a nationwide demonstration project.

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