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Published on March 12th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Smith Electric Reveals New EV Step Van For FedEx

One of the quiet success stories in the EV world has been Smith Electric. This company is slowly but surely signing on one big business after another, and Smith EV’s are becoming a more common sign in cities across the U.S. Ever charging forward, Smith has revealed a step-van version of its Newton electric van, the first examples going to parcel-service FedEx.

FedEx’s white delivery van are well known to most Americans, but what isn’t as well known is the fact that fuel costs are one of the parcel company’s largest expenses. And it isn’t just FedEx either; nationwide, many businesses spend a lot of money to not go very far, with most businesses operating within a 100-mile radius. With electricity rates being what they are, going electric isn’t just about saving the Earth…it is about saving money.

While not every route will work with the Newton’s limited 100-mile range, many will. With a gross-vehicle weight of between 14,000 and 26,000 pounds, these EV vans are no slouch in the hauling department either. Frito Lay is already using Smith EV’s for deliveries in New York City, and the U.S. Marine Corp is testing two Newton EV’s for deployment on the battlefield.

It is funny how, among all the politicizing of electric vehicles, Smith Electric really seems to be making movies without making news. The marriage of left-wing ideals (electric cars) with right-wing business acumen just makes sense. EV’s won’t work for everyone…but that doesn’t mean that won’t work for anyone. Perhaps President Obama should mention Smith Electric more, and the Chevy Volt less?

Source: Domestic Fuel



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  • Mark

    A good bit of reporting… but don’t encourage the President to mention it in a speech.

    Someone will then “need” to do extra testing and then “discover” that their might be a remote chance of a fire if it is crashed, turned round three times and forced to run on its back for two weeks.

    Amide the public “safety debate” Rush Limbaugh will announce that parcels are at risk and that “just to be safe” you should avoid sending anything via Fed-ex, and that all fed-ex employees should wear fire proof suites.

    As Fed-ex’s business goes into the freefall they have no choice but to disown their new electric vans…

    Rinse and repeat with each new EV and NG challenger to the Big Oils lock on the US economy.

    Or the President could be successful in his attempts at taking real action. He could finally get congress to cancel the Billions of dollars in Petro industry subsides handed out yearly in the name of energy security and instead directs some of that money into replacing the old bush era $7500 tax credit with the new rebate proposed in his new-new EV initiative.

    Well a guy can dream cant he?

  • danwat1234

    @Mark, yeah that battery issue with the Volt was unfortunate and most people reading about it didn’t know that the car was sitting with a charged battery for a few weeks with a big side impact crash before sparks started happening. GM has since beefed up the metal around the battery pack and there is really no chance of fire, I’d say less chance than a gasoline tank in a gasoline car catching fire.

    I hope Fedex and UPS start using these technologies, at least Hybrid because they do a lot of starts and stops in the neighborhoods and this will help them be quieter in the neighborhoods as well.

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