Miles Electric Vehicles, importers of low-speed all-electric cars and trucks manufactured in China (earlier post), unveiled its new all-electric ZX40ST truck today at the FedFleet Exposition in Orlando, where Miles Electric Vehicles representatives will be taking pre-orders in advance of the truck’s planned October ’07 delivery.
Powered by a 72-volt AGM lead-acid battery system, the truck provides 60-70 miles per charge (at an 18.6 mp constant speed) and more than 500 pounds of cargo capacity. The 6.3 kW (17.6 kW peak) motor generates 120 Nm (88.2 lb-ft) of torque.
It’s a perfect low-speed light-duty work truck for fleets looking to cut costs and emissions. Several of our fleet customers have asked us to provide a truck model.—David Hirsch, Miles Electric Vehicles Co-Founder
Current Miles Electric Vehicles fleet customers include NASA, the US Navy and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in addition to Stanford, UCLA, and California State Polytechnic University.
A typical organization will save $15,000-$18,000 in lifetime fuel costs for each gas-powered fleet vehicle it replaces with the ZX40ST, based on 5 years of use (100,000 – 125,000 miles) and a gasoline cost estimate of $4/gallon over the next 5 years, according to Miles.
For each gas-powered truck that’s retired in favor of a ZX40ST, organizations can reduce their overall fleet tailpipe emissions by more than 12,000 pounds per year.
Miles plans to introduce a highway-speed all-electric vehicle to the US market in 2008.