PHOTO CAPTION: Smith Newton in DHL livery.

Smith Newton Electric Truck Receives Award in Ireland

The Newton has a restricted top speed of 50mph and a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge.

Published: 12-Oct-2009

THE Smith Newton is now officially Ireland’s leading electric commercial vehicle, after winning a new award for green trucks.

Newton was named Green Commercial of the Year in the electric vehicle section of the Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards 2010, sponsored by Castrol.

David Mullen, Managing Director of Electric Vehicles Ireland, the country’s sole importer and distributor of Smith Electric Vehicles, said: “We are proud and delighted to be the first recipients of this prestigious new award.
“Three years ago, no one would have believed that a twelve tonne electric truck would be on the roads as a real, viable alternative to diesel vehicles.
“The fact that Fleet Transport has added an electric vehicle category to its awards is testament to how mainstream commercial EVs have become.”

The award-winning Smith Newton truck is available in three model sizes of 7.5, 10 and 12 tonne GVW. Fully powered by lithium-ion batteries, the Newton has a restricted top speed of 50mph and a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. A full recharge takes just 6-8 hours.

The seventh annual Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards were announced at a gala dinner held at the Marriott Johnstown House Hotel in, Enfield. 450 representatives from the road transport industry attended the event, which was hosted by RTE TV and Radio personality Marty Whelan. Guest of honour was Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Smith Electric Vehicles

Founded in 1920, Smith Electric Vehicles has developed into a global leader in new technology commercial electric vehicles.

Smith produces the world’s largest range of commercial electric vehicles, with Gross Vehicle Weights of between 2,300kg and 12,000kg. The vehicles deliver top speeds of up to 70mph, a proven range on one battery charge of 100 miles and excellent payload capabilities.

These characteristics make the vehicles attractive for public and private sector fleet operators in large towns, cities and closed campus environments such as airports and military bases. Customers include TNT, DHL, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s Online and Balfour Beatty.

Smith is Ford of Europe’s official collaborator for battery electric versions of the Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans. In North America, Ford has also chosen Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV US Corp) to produce a battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect, to go on sale through Ford dealers in 2010.

In the UK, Smith is one of three commercial electric vehicle suppliers shortlisted for the Department of Transport’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme, to deliver electric vans into key public sector organisations. Smith also recently secured funding from the Government’s Technology Strategy Board, to extend its commercial electric vehicle technology into passenger vehicles. This includes an electric taxi cab based on the TX4 chassis produced by London Taxis International Ltd, plus a zero emission minibus and a battery-powered people carrier.

Smith Electric Vehicles is a member of the London Electric Vehicle Partnership and is working closely with the Greater London Authority to stimulate private sector procurement of commercial electric vehicles.

Smith has an unrivalled UK-wide service and support network, which already maintains over 5,000 vehicles for major fleet operators.

Smith Electric Vehicles is a trading division of The Tanfield Group Plc, which trades on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

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