Smith Electric Vehicles US delivered the first electric Newton trucks—the largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck—to four Fortune 500 companies and two utility companies in an event hosted at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. (Earlier post.)
First recipients include:
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
- Coca-Cola Enterprises
- Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L)
The Smith Newton electric truck is powered by lithium-ion batteries from Valence Technology and a 120 kW induction motor for a range of more than 100 miles on a single charge. Payload is more than 16,000 lbs (7,257 kg). The on-board battery charger can achieve a full battery system recharge in as little as 6 hours.
Smith Electric Vehicles US, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a privately held company owned by Private Investors Management and The Tanfield Group Plc, based in the United Kingdom. Tanfield is the parent company of Smith Electric Vehicles in the U.K., the leading manufacturer of zero-emissions battery-electric commercial vehicles in Europe since the 1920s.
Smith Electric Vehicles has produced the Newton truck in Europe for more than three years and has sold vehicles to major fleet operators in sectors such as mail and parcel delivery, logistics, retail, highway maintenance and airports.