|SEV Faraday electric commercial truck.|
Azure Dynamics Corporation has received another purchase order from Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV), part of The Tanfield Group Plc, for 20 electric powertrain systems. This order follows-on to the 2005 supply agreement between Azure and Smith Electric Vehicles, through which Azure would deliver up to one thousand complete electric powertrains.
Each Azure electric powertrain system includes the drive, a power steering system, a system controller, a 12VDC supply, and other key driver interface components. Since the supply agreement was signed in July 2005, Azure has already provided Smith with 10 powertrain systems and has collaborated on building demonstration vehicles. Through product demonstration programs initial customer orders are now being received.
The powertrains are at least in part going to the Faraday, SEV’s new commercial electric vehicle (earlier post). Powered by the Azure Dynamics drivetrain, the Faraday has a range of 100–160 kilometers (62–99 miles) and a restricted cruising speed of 100km/h (62 mph).
The vehicles will cost between £20,000–£29,000 (US$36,800–US$53,400). SEV proposes that due to the cost of electricity required versus the cost of fuel, the and will be as economical as a gasoline or diesel van within 18-24 months and 25% cheaper over five years.
Last week Smith Electric Vehicles announced it will provide TNT, the parcel delivery business, with new “Newton” 7.5-tonne electric vehicles. The new vehicles utilize the Faraday driveline technology developed for the current Smith models. This has been adapted to accommodate greater payload capability, to suit TNT’s operational requirements.