The U.S. Marines Corps has deployed two Smith Newton all-electric trucks at Camp Pendleton, California, the Corps’ largest West Coast training facility and home of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.
The Corps is the first military organization to incorporate Newton into its fleet – and the first to purchase Newton trucks through the Government Services Administration (GSA) schedule. GSA Automotive is responsible for procuring more than $1 billion in vehicles and automotive services each year.
“We’re proud to be part of the Marine Corps’ efforts to create a cleaner environment and improve energy efficiency at Camp Pendleton. The Marines are setting a strong example for the other branches of our armed services as we all work together to address America’s energy concerns.”
Bryan Hansel, President and CEO of Smith Electric
A September report by the Center for a New American Security recommended that America’s armed forces set a goal of operating all of its systems on non-petroleum fuels by 2040. The Marine Corps has already set out to reduce its energy use 30 percent by 2015 and increase its reliance on renewable electrical energy to 25 percent by 2025.
The Newton all-electric truck delivers a top speed of 55 mph (88km/h), offers a range of 50 to 150 miles (65-190km) on a single charge and a payload of over 16,000 pounds (7,250kg). It operates at peak effectiveness in urban applications that demand heavy ‘stop-and-go’ driving. A single overnight charge provides more than enough range for most urban delivery routes. Smith vehicles feature the latest in Lithium-ion battery cell technology, power management and direct drive trains.