Smith Electric Vehicles, a manufacturer of road-going electric vans and trucks, is set to establish a production facility in the United States. The factory will have the capacity to produce up to 10,000 zero-emission vehicles per year, starting in 2010.
Smith manufactures a range of highway electric vehicles, ranging from 7,000-lbs. vans to 25,000-lbs. trucks. With a top speed of 50 mph, fast acceleration and a range on one battery charge of up to 150 miles, the vehicles are deployed largely in urban delivery applications, in sectors including mail and parcel, groceries, retail/distribution and utilities.
Smith Electric already has a 70,000-square foot facility in Fresno, Calif., which has the capacity to produce 1,000 vehicles next year. The company launched its second generation electric vehicles, Edison and Newton, earlier this year and is on course to ship 250 units in 2007.