The zero-emission, all-electric Smith Newton commercial truck has finally made its way from across the Atlantic. Produced for more than three years already in Europe and used in sectors such as mail and parcel delivery, logistics, retail, highway maintenance, and airports, the Smith Newton is a significant step for North American fleet operators. As part of its initial introduction into North America, Smith Electric Vehicles will focus on depot-based route delivery fleets.

The Smith Newton truck is currently the world's largest battery-electric-powered commercial truck. It possesses a range in excess of 100 miles on one battery charge, and carries a payload of up to 16,280 lbs. Its top speed sits at 50 mph, and full recharge time for the lithium-ion batteries takes six to eight hours. The introduction of the Smith Newton trucks into commercial fleets is expected to lower operational and maintenance costs over the life of the truck, while also helping the environment and reducing foreign oil dependency.

Smith Electric Vehicles is also partnering with Ford on an upcoming all-electric version of the Transit Connect light-duty van, scheduled for production in 2010. Smith Electric Vehicles will also expand its zero-emissions product line to other van and light truck models based on demand.

An announcement regarding the future site of the production facility for the Smith Newton will be made soon.

Listed below are the Smith Newton Truck's specifications:

  • Motor -- 120 kW induction motor
  • Battery -- Lithium-ion batteries
  • Payload -- 7392 lbs to 16,280 lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight -- 16,535 lbs, 23,148 lbs, or 26,455 lbs
  • Range -- In excess of 100 miles (one charge)
  • Top Speed -- 50 mph
  • On-board Battery Charger
  • Full Battery Recharge -- 6 to 8 hours

Source: Eidson and Partners