Enova Systems has entered into an evaluation project with Smith Electric Vehicles, a division of The Tanfield Group Plc (TAN) and the world’s largest producer of road-going commercial electric vehicles.
Enova is supplying its 120kW Electric Drive System to power Smith vehicles on a trial basis. The first operational Smith vehicle fitted with Enova’s system is expected to be complete in December 2006. Smith is expected to complete final evaluation of Enova’s system by early 2007.
The 120kW drive motor in the Enova system develops 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque.
Smith vehicles are used for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications including urban delivery, healthcare, airport and municipal services. It has a worldwide customer base of more than 500 clients, including major supermarkets and global logistics companies.
A typical Smith Electric vehicle can achieve ranges of more than 100 miles between battery charges and speeds of 50 mph. Because they are zero emission, Smith Electric Vehicles are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and also qualify for free parking in parts of central London .They also qualify for other tax breaks and license exemptions.