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08.12.2007 (wattgehtab.com) - Smith Electric Vehicles is to establish a major production facility in the USA. The factory will have the capacity to produce up to 10,000 zero emission vehicles per year, from 2010.

Smith manufactures a range of highway electric vehicles, ranging from 7,000lbs vans to 25,000lbs trucks. With a top speed of 50mph, fast acceleration and a range on one battery charge of up to 150 miles, they are deployed largely in urban delivery applications, in sectors including mail and parcel, groceries, retail/distribution and utilities.

Darren Kell, CEO of The Tanfield Group Plc, the company that owns Smith Electric, said: “Electric vehicles offer a next-generation automotive industry for America.

“Ten thousand vehicles a year is a substantial commitment, but we believe that is just the start. Our initial research shows that there is an addressable market in the USA of around 200,000 units a year for our commercial electric vehicles.”

Smith Electric already has a 70,000sq ft facility in Fresno, CA, which has the capacity to produce 1,000 vehicles next year. It has a 250,000sq ft facility in the UK which has headroom for 1,500 vehicles in 2008, but the company is also looking for a larger UK base to take this up to 5,000 vehicles per annum, for the UK and Europe.

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