Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV US Corp) (earlier post), a Delaware corporation temporarily headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is announcing the launch of its new company in conjunction with the National Truck and Equipment Association’s (NTEA) Work Truck Show to be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, 4-6 March.
The company will assemble and market all-electric zero-emission commercial vehicles in North America, and said it will initially focus its production on battery-electric-powered vehicles for depot-based route delivery fleets.
SEV US Corp said it has already received a strong expression of interest from fleet operators and as a result, the company is building a scalable assembly operation and supply chain to serve this emerging market. The company will soon announce a site for its production facility. SEV US Corp will begin production using chassis from multiple vehicle manufacturers.
Through its UK partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV US Corp is working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010.
Our collaboration with SEV US Corp will result in the first battery-electric vehicle in Ford’s North American electrification strategy. We know a growing number of our fleet clients have expressed interest in electrification as a sustainable mobility solution. Offering a family of electrified vehicles is a next logical step for us in our product portfolio.—Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Product Development
SEV US Corp’s first zero-emission truck model will be the Smith Newton, currently the world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck. It has a top speed of up to 50 mph, a range on one battery charge in excess of 100 miles and a payload of up to 16,280 lbs. In addition to its partnership agreement with Ford on the Transit Connect, SEV US Corp will expand its zero-emission product line to include other van and light truck models based on demand.