British Firm to Manufacture Electric Delivery Trucks in U.S.

British Firm to Manufacture Electric Delivery Trucks in U.S.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp., a Delaware corporation temporarily headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., has announced plans to assemble and market all-electric, zero-emission commercial vehicles in North America. SEV U.S. Corp will initially focus its production on battery-electric-powered vehicles for depot-based route delivery fleets. SEV U.S. Corp,’s first zero-emission truck model will be the Smith Newton -- the world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck. It has a top speed of up to 50 mph, a range on one battery charge in excess of 100 miles and a payload of up to 16,280 lbs. “We are targeting our zero-emission trucks for companies that operate in urban areas and are seeking ways to deliver their goods and services in an environmentally sensitive manner,” said Bryan Hansel, chief executive officer SEV U.S. Corp.

Through its U.K. partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV U.S. Corp is working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010. Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of product development, said, "A growing number of our fleet clients have expressed interest in electrification as a sustainable mobility solution. Offering a family of electrified vehicles is a next logical step for us in our product portfolio."

To learn more about this electric truck, check out this video on Youtube.

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