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Electric Commercial Vehicles Currently Available

Brief History of Electric Trucks

Although gas powered cars dominated the streets and freeways of the twentieth century, special purpose electric vehicles were used in abundance. Electric carts and fork lifts were used in warehouses, where the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning could not be permitted. One company, Smith Electric Vehicles has been making special purpose electric vans and trucks since the 1920s. Their most famous vehicle, and electric powered milk float. It made deliveries of cold milk early in the morning to residents of Great Britain. The neighborhoods preferred them because they were quiet. Smith Electric Vehicles has re-organized several times, but still make electric powered vans and trucks today.

Smith Electric Vehicle Home Page
Smith Electric Vehicle Home Page

Smith company has recently partnered with Ford Motor Company to produce some new Electric trucks.

Commercial Vehicles Available

There many applications where Electric trucks can be used, such as short haul duties at ports, yard hustling, construction sites, and airports. As with solar panels, the initial cost is somewhat high. However, the investment is re-couped rapidly with fuel cost savings, maintenance reductions, and government incentives. These applications account for 10% of trucking use. Here's list of manufacturers that have electric trucks available today.

EV Vehicle Make/Model Applications Top Speed Range

Zenith Motors Vans
Battery Electric Vans Hotel and Airport Shuttle Applications. Vehicles converted from Dodge Ram ProMaster Van. Passenger or cargo versions available. 60 MPH (90-100km/h) 90 miles

Battery Electric Bus Public Transportation. Advantage: Uses Iron-Phosphate battery packs and in-wheel hub motors. 60 MPH (90-100km/h) 155 miles (250 km)

Battery Electric Bus Public Transportation. Advantage: Quick charges at bus stop in 10 minutes. Can run contentiously 24-7. 60 MPH 26 miles, but can recharge in 10 minutes at the bus stop

Balqon Nautilus E20/E30 Shipping cargo port dray-age tractors with a 60,000 lb payload 25-40 MPH 30-60 miles

Boulder EV
Boulder Electric Vehicles Truck and WUV Cargo Van (Work Utility Vehicle) & Truck models built on common frame, 80 kWh Li-ion Iron Phosphate battery, aluminum composite frame, composite body, payload: van 4500 lbs, truck 6000 lbs, GVWR: van 8490 lbs, truck 11,000 lbs, cost "around $100,000" 65 mph 200 miles

Zero Truck
Zero Truck Class 4 truck, Li-ion polymer battery, UQM 100 kW (124 hp) motor, peak torque 650 Nm (400 lb-ft), peak power 150 kW, continuous torque 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), continuous power 100 kW (134 horsepower), developed using an Isuzu chassis & 2 speed EDIS automatic transmission, range of body choices from utility to dry freight, $130,000 includingbatterypack, body optional. 60 mph 100 miles

No specific model; focus on drive train systems integration and conversions. Highest volumn clients in China's largest cities. Enova integrates all electric or hybrid drive systems into just about any small to medium sized truck or bus design. They specialize in power train integration. 65 mph 150 miles

EVI Trucks
Electric Vehicles International (EVI) - Light Medium (MD) Truck Company makes three sizes of electric powered trucks: Light Duty Vehicle, Walk-In Van, and Medium Duty Truck. 60 MPH 90 miles

Smith Electric Vehicles
Smith Electric Vehicles Newton EV Large delivery truck already marketed in UK, range up to 100 mi, top speed 50 mph, Li-ion Iron Phosphate battery, onboard charger allows 6-8 hr recharge, Enova P120 120kW induction motor, payload up to 16,280 lbs, GVW: 16,535 lbs, 23,148 lbs or 26,455, lbs, to be assembled near Kansas City Intl Airport, Smith USA CEO quotes 80% per mile cost savings. 50 MPH 100 Miles

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