Smith Electric produces the Newton, which is the only medium duty (class 4-7) all-electric commercial truck on the GSA schedule. Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation ( www.smithelectric.com ) is an all-electric zero-emissions commercial truck manufacturer. The company licenses its proprietary technology from Smith Electric Vehicles in the U.K., the world’s largest manufacturer and industry leader of commercial electric vehicles. The Marine's trucks will be built in Smith Electric’s Kansas City, Mo., plant, and are scheduled for delivery to Camp Pendleton in February 2011.
Interestingly, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Smith Electric Vehicles to receive $32 million in grant funding toward the production of all-electric, zero emissions commercial trucks. Senator McCaskill said that Smith’s original DOE grant of $10 million announced on August 5, 2009 was increased by $22 million (say what!); bringing the total DOE grant funding that Smith has been selected to receive to $32 million for a nationwide vehicle electrification program.
The Marine Corps is the first military organization to incorporate Smith Newtons into its fleet. In doing so, it joins some of the world’s largest delivery-based companies, including Frito-Lay, Staples, Coke, AT&T and PG&E, which have already purchased all-electric Newtons to replace diesel trucks on urban delivery routes.
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