Poole, UK-based Continental Landscapes has contracted for four battery-electric Ford Transit-based light commercial vehicles from Carillon Fleet Management: two 4.6-tonne Ford Transit beaver tail and two 3.5-tonne tippers.
Carillion Fleet Management is one of only a few companies willing to underwrite electric vehicles on behalf of its customers, and has supplied the four vans on a seven-year contract hire with maintenance agreement.
The Ford Transit vans have been specially adapted by UK specialists Smith Electric Vehicles. Powered solely by a Li-ion iron phosphate battery pack from Valence, they offer a range of up to 100 miles on a full charge and zero tailpipe emissions, plus lower running costs than conventional fossil fuels.
A 90 kW induction motor delivers a top speed of up to 50 mph.
The tippers are expected to cover around 5,000 miles per year transporting tools and materials, while the beaver tails will carry heavier machinery such as drive-on mowers to site locations.
Ford and Smith announced a collaboration on all-electric light commercial vehicles in 2008. (Earlier post.)