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Smith EVs Vows Summer Re-Start

April 8, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Production Suspended as Supply Chain to Shift Largely to Asia

Smith Electric Vehicles suspended production of its battery electric trucks in Kansas City late last year, but plans to resume with a superior and more economical supply chain based on Tier One component providers this summer, says CEO Bryan Hansel.

Smith EVs Says Scale’s the Thing

August 21, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Volumes Validating a Supply Chain that Can in Turn Support Volumes,
LoI for Joint Venture In Taiwan for Several Thousand Units Is Expected

Smith Electric Vehicles, says CEO Bryan Hansel, is moving beyond a stubborn phase where low volumes prevented low prices from suppliers – prices that would allow Smith to lower the cost of its finished battery electric trucks.

Smith EVs: 700 Built, and 5 Million Miles

June 16, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Edison and Newton Models Have Logged More than 5 Million Miles,
‘Milestone Marks Transition into Commercial Manufacturing Phase’

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles is talking up production of more than 700 of its all-electric Edison and Newton trucks, which it says have together generated more than five million miles on the road. The milestone marks a transition into commercial manufacturing, the company said.

Smith to Build eTrucks in Chicago

December 10, 2012 in batteries, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

City Becoming EV Central with Incentives & Argonne Batteries,
FedEx Is Adding 100-Plus Smith Battery Trucks to World Fleet

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $15 million incentive program for battery trucks has been followed by word that Smith Electric Vehicles will open an electric vehicle manufacturing facility there, “creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and boosting the already rapidly growing battery and electric vehicle sector in the City.”

Frito-Lay Closes in on 300-EV Fleet

August 13, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Frito-Lay Talks Up California’s Largest EV Truck Fleet

“California will be home to 105 all-electric delivery trucks, the largest deployment in any state,” PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America unit said last week as the company hosted officials including California Governor Jerry Brown at the Frito-Lay distribution center in Torrance, Calif.

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