Smith Electric Vehicles Approved for UK Plug-In Van Grant
3.5t GVW variants of the Smith Edison™ panel van and chassis cab are now approved for the UK Government’s £8,000 subsidy
(WASHINGTON, TYNE & WEAR.) – February 21, 2012 – Smith Electric Vehicles.
(Smith), a global leader in all-electric commercial vehicles, is now included in a UK Government subsidy program. The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved the Smith Edison™, for its new Plug-In Van Grant. This means that any business purchasing the Smith Edison 3.5t allelectric vehicle can now benefit from £8,000 off the list price. Geoff Allison, Managing Director of Smith Electric Vehicles Europe Ltd, said: “We are delighted that the Smith Edison has been accepted into the Plug-In Van Grant scheme. “This grant will help our fleet customers to achieve a faster return on investment, making the economic case for electric vans as compelling as the environmental case.”
Manufactured in Washington, Tyne & Wear, the Smith Edison approved for the Plug-In Van Grant has a gross vehicle weight of 3.5t. It is available as a panel van and as a chassis cab suitable for a diverse range of bodies, including drop side, tipper, box and refrigerated box. The vehicle has a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion batteries, which can be fully recharged in as little as four hours.
Smith is one of seven manufacturers to have its all-electric light commercial vehicles approved for the Plug-In Van Grant. The company last week signed a letter of intent for a $25 million (£15.7m) investment and a $75m (£47.3m) joint venture with Wanxiang Group, China’s largest auto-parts maker.
About Smith Electric Vehicles
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (www.smithelectric.com) develops, produces and sells zero-emission commercial electric vehicles that are designed to be an alternative to traditional diesel trucks, providing higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership. Smith’s vehicle designs leverage more than 80 years of market knowledge from selling and servicing electric vehicles in the United Kingdom. Smith Electric Vehicles produces the Newton™ and the Edison™. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, MO., and outside of Newcastle, U.K.