July 28, 2009

pacific-gas-electric1Smith Newton electric trucks delivered on Capitol Hill to Fortune 500 Companies

Customers include:

·         Pacific Gas and Electric Company

·         Coca-Cola

·         Staples

·         Frito-Lay

·         AT&T

·         Kansas City Power & Light

ELECTRIC trucks created in Washington, Tyne & Wear will be on the roads of Washington DC tomorrow (JULY 28th).

Four major US corporations and two utility companies will take delivery of the Smith Newton, the largest road-going electric truck in North America. Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) are the first Newton customers in the USA.

The trucks, conceived by Smith Electric Vehicles in North East England, will be handed over at an official ceremony at the seat of power in the USA, Capitol Hill.

Powered by the latest Lithium-Ion batteries and a 120kw electric motor, the Smith Newton has a top speed of 50mph (80km) and a range in excess of 100 miles (160km) on a full charge. It can be recharged in six hours. Newton was launched in the UK by Smith Electric Vehicles in 2006. It is produced in North America under licence by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp, based in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Smith Newton is emissions-free, runs without noise or vibration, and actually reclaims electric energy during stop-start urban operations, through regenerative braking.

Smith Electric Vehicles was founded in the North East in the 1920s and is now part of The Tanfield Group Plc, based in Washington, Tyne & Wear. The company recently won Government funding to develop an electric taxi, people carrier and minibus and is one of three preferred suppliers for electric vans in the Department for Transport’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme.


Smith Newton Fact Sheet

Motor:                                      120 kw Induction Motor

Batteries:                         80-120kwh Lithium-Ion Iron Phosphate Battery Pack

Payload:                           (7,392-16,280 lbs)

Gross Vehicle Weight:            7,500kg, 10,000kg or 12,000kg (16,535 lbs, 23,148 lbs or 26,455 lbs)

Range:                            In excess of 100 miles

Top Speed:                      50mph

Battery Charger:          On-board battery charger – can be recharged at any commercial or industrial premises

Full Battery Recharge:           6-8 hours

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