Washington electric truck manufacturer hits production milestone

Smith Eletric Vehciels has broken the 700 models produced barrier.
Smith Eletric Vehciels has broken the 700 models produced barrier.
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TRUCK manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles has reached a production milestone.

The firm, which divides production between its plant in Washington’s Vigo Lane and another in Kansas City in the United States, has now produced more than 700 of its all-electric Edison and Newton trucks, which have between them clocked up more than five million miles on the road.

Chief executive officer Bryan Hansel said the news was proof of the changing ways big firms were looking at their corporate fleets.

“We do not think in terms of the truck, we think in terms of full end-to-end fleet transformation and all its associated benefits,” he said.

“This delivers substantial economic and commercial benefits for our customers and helps drive the growing demand for our product.

“With these important milestones achieved, Smith will be positioned to move fully into commercial scale manufacturing and enable electric fleet transformations around the world.

“Most importantly, we have first-mover advantage in a vast global market for full fleet transformation. We look forward to the future with confidence.”

Rather than simply provide the vehicles, Smith offers a complete, end-to-end fleet transformation service, from initial consultation to ongoing performance monitoring and maintenance. The firm says its vehicle are particularly suitable for companies operating medium-size petrol gas and diesel trucks, which typically travel on fixed routes of fewer than 100 miles in a single day, and customers can save up to 70 per cent a year on fuel and maintenance costs, as well as slashing their carbon footprint.

There are six million such trucks across America, Europe and Asia-Pacific – a $40billion potential market.