FedEx Express to launch Smith’s new all-electric vehicle

Smith Electric Vehicles (Smith) has unveiled its new Newton Step Van, an all-electric, zero-emission vehicle that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster.

FedEx Express will be the first company to deploy the Newton Step Vans in the US.

The Newton Step Van, developed for delivery routes in urban environments, offers a range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge. The vehicle incorporates Smith’s proprietary Smith Drive, Smith Power, and Smith Link technologies to provide superior power train performance, battery management efficiency and remote system monitoring.

"The leadership shown by FedEx in adopting all-electric vehicles has been instrumental to growing the industry," said Bryan Hansel, CEO and chairman of Smith. "We welcome FedEx and look forward to successful vehicle deployments that demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of fleet electrification."

The first Newton Step Vans are expected to be deployed in select US markets throughout the remainder of 2012.

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