A U.S.-British consortium has chosen Kansas City for a factory to make electric-powered delivery vans.
A formal announcement is scheduled today by Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. at Kansas City International Airport. Bryan Hansel, chief executive of SEV U.S. Corp., said in a statement: “As more truck fleets adopt this technology, it will drive advancements in battery technology, drive down manufacturing costs, and form the foundation of a U.S.-based supply chain that, over time will also significantly reduce the cost of commercial electric vehicles.”
The battery-powered vehicle, to be called the Smith Newton, is the “world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck,” SEV said. It has a range of 100 miles, a top speed of 50 mph and a payload of up to 16,280 pounds. It will be powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be fully recharged in six to eight hours.
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