|The TNT Newton.|
Business-to-business express delivery company TNT has ordered 100 Newton electric delivery trucks manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles. This order is in addition to the 50 vehicles ordered last year. (Earlier post.) The new fleet of 7.5 tonne trucks—currently the largest zero-emission fleet in the world—will replace diesel equivalents over the next 18 months.
The first tranche of 50 trucks will initially operate from TNT locations in London, Basildon, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Enfield, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Luton, Northampton, Oxford, Paisley, Preston and Wolverhampton. In addition, TNT is also piloting other Smith Electric battery-powered vans and trucks in the Netherlands, with a view to rolling them out across its wider European operations.
We are living in times of great change and the launch of the fleet represents a critical component in what we are striving for—to make TNT the first zero emissions express and mail company.—Peter Bakker, TNT CEO
TNT Express Services, in partnership with vehicle manufacturers, Smith Electric Vehicles, is unveiling the first trucks in the £7-million (US$13.6-million) fleet at the London Wetland Centre.
The TNT Newtons are powered by four Zebra Z5 sodium nickel chloride 21 kWh batteries, for a combined 84 kWh energy storage system. Each Newton can be fully charged from flat in approximately eight hours, using a standard three-phase industrial electricity supply. Smith also offers a Lithium-ion phosphate storage option from Valence.
The Newtons have a top speed of 50 mph and a range of up to 100 miles.
(A hat-tip to John!)