"We’re proud to be part of the Marine Corps’ efforts to create a cleaner environment and improve energy efficiency at Camp Pendleton," said Bryan Hansel, President and CEO of Smith Electric. "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 and efficiency concerns."
A September report by the Center for a New American Security recommended in the interest of financial and security concerns 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 it energy use 30 percent by 2015 and increase its reliance on renewable electrical energy to 25 percent by 2025.
Smith Electric produces the Newton, which is the only medium duty (class 4-7) all-electric commercial truck on the GSA schedule. The trucks will be built in Smith Electric’s Kansas City, Mo., plant, and are scheduled for delivery to Camp Pendleton in February 2011.
The Newton delivers a top speed of 55 mph (88km/h) and offers end users battery ranges from 50 to 120 miles (80km-192km) on a single charge, ideal for urban deliveries, utilities and personnel transport applications. Smith vehicles are powered by the latest in Lithium-ion battery cell technology, power management and direct drive trains. They produce zero emissions and are virtually silent.
The Marine Corps is the first military organisation to incorporate Smith Newtons into its fleet. In doing so, it joins some of North America’s largest fleet operators, including Frito-Lay, Staples, Coke, AT&T and PG&E, which have already purchased all-electric Newtons to replace diesel trucks on urban routes.