Needs to happen. Not sure if now is the right time.
This is weird. Like some alternate universe where EVs are commonplace.
VIDEO: All the Smith Electric Vehicles from the CV Show - AutoblogGreen
The exchange rate would make these too expensive here. Why Smith doesn't build a plant in the US is beyond me. These vehicles, apparently can meet specs. I think even consumers would be willing to jump all over these.
The above Newton truck isn't a Ford, but this is:
So, what's all this (garbage-powered electric truck), then? - AutoblogGreen
After completing a Department of Transport-funded two year program, the Dundee, Scotland-based company says the new power supply it developed allowed a 3.5 ton delivery vehicle to almost double its range, from 123 km (76 miles) to 241 km (150 miles).
Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV US Corp) (earlier post), a Delaware corporation temporarily headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is announcing the launch of its new company in conjunction with the National Truck and Equipment Association’s (NTEA) Work Truck Show to be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, 4-6 March.
The company will assemble and market all-electric zero-emission commercial vehicles in North America, and said it will initially focus its production on battery-electric-powered vehicles for depot-based route delivery fleets.
Through its UK partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV US Corp is working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010.
SEV US Corp’s first zero-emission truck model will be the Smith Newton, currently the world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck. It has a top speed of up to 50 mph, a range on one battery charge in excess of 100 miles and a payload of up to 16,280 lbs.
Modec, the British manufacturer of world leading electric commercial vehicles, and Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), the U.S.-based nearly $15bn truck manufacturer, are finalising a ground breaking Joint Venture.
Mitsubishi Fuso is moving full speed ahead in the hybrid truck market. The Japanese truck maker that is 85 percent owned by Daimler recently made the first deliveries of its Canter EcoHybrid in Europe and is also developing more advanced hybrid and full electric trucks. The Dublin, Ireland-based utility Electric Supply Board has purchased 10 of the hybrid trucks for service use. Another ten trucks are headed for Australian customers soon. The two orders are the first for the truck outside of the Japanese market since its debut in July 2006.
Earlier this year, Daimler declared that Mitsubishi Fuso would be its global center for developing truck based hybrid systems. With that in mind, Fuso has struck a deal with South Korea's SK Energy for a supply of lithium ion batteries. The new advanced batteries would be used in a next-generation hybrid product expected to appear in about two years.