Washington, D.C. – Four major U.S. corporations and two utility companies have taken delivery of the first in a series of next-generation, all-electric commercial vehicles at a presentation in Washington, D.C.
Pacific Gas and Electric, Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, and Kansas City Power & Light received new Smith Newtons, the world’s largest commercially-available electric truck. The Newton is the first commercial all-electric truck to achieve new vehicle emissions certification in California.
“AT&T, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Frito-Lay, KCP&L, PG&E and Staples are demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability and green fleet vehicle technologies that will drive the future of the automotive industry,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith. “As more depot-based truck fleet operators come on board and adopt all-electric vehicles, battery technology will advance and manufacturing costs will be driven down, spurring new growth in the commercial electric vehicle industry, creating new high-tech jobs, and reducing fuel emissions and our dependency on foreign oil.”
The Smith Newton has a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h), a range on one battery charge in excess of 100 miles (160 km), and a payload of over 16,000 lbs.
Smith Electric Vehicles in the U.K. has produced the Newton truck in Europe for more than three years and has sold vehicles to major fleet operators in several sectors. Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. is a privately-held company partly owned by the U.K. firm’s parent company. The U.S. vehicles will be made at the company’s new production facility in Kansas City.