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Smith Electric Vehicles launches production of battery-electric Newton Step Van

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. unveiled the Newton Step Van, a battery-electric vehicle built on the versatile Newton platform that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster.

Newton Step Van in FedEx livery. Click to enlarge.

Smith announced the launch of the Newton Step Van in Indianapolis at the NTEA Work Truck Show, North America’s largest vocational truck and equipment event. FedEx Express will be the first company to deploy the Newton Step Vans in the United States.

The Newton Step Van offers a gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds and a range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge. The vehicle incorporates Smith’s proprietary Smith Drive, Smith Power, and Smith Link technologies for power train performance, battery management efficiency and remote system monitoring, respectively.

The first Newton Step Vans are expected to be deployed in select US markets throughout the remainder of 2012.


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