Smith Electric Vehicles Launches Production of All-Electric Newton™ Step Van With The Help of FedEx!

FedEx Express helps launch zero-emission step vans built on Smith’s Newton platform

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (Smith) unveiled the Newton Step Van, an all-electric, zero-e mission vehicle built on the versatile Newton platform that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster.

The Newton Step Van, an ideal solution for thousands of delivery routes in urban environments, offers a gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds and a range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge.  The vehicle incorporates Smith’s proprietary Smith Drive™, Smith Power™, and Smith Link™ technologies to provide superior power train performance, battery management efficiency and remote system monitoring.

“The leadership shown by FedEx in adopting all-electric vehicles has been instrumental to growing the industry,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO and chairman of Smith.  “We welcome FedEx and look forward to successful vehicle deployments that demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of fleet electrification.”

The first Newton Step Vans are expected to be deployed in select U.S. markets throughout the remainder of 2012.

“This opportunity helps support our goal to optimize and operate our vehicle fleet in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner,” said Dennis Beal, vice president of Global Vehicles at FedEx Express.  “Smith’s global footprint and track record of successful EV deployments make it an ideal collaborator as FedEx continues to improve its fleet efficiency, reducing emissions while providing the best possible service to our customers around the world.”

Sources: Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (www.smithelectric.com) and FedEx Express

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