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US Marine Corps purchases two Smith Electric Trucks
December 14, 2010

Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation has sold two all-electric Smith Newton trucks to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The USMC becomes the first military organization to order Smith Newtons through the Government Services Administration (GSA) schedule; a list of approved suppliers to Federal government agencies. Smith Electric will deliver the trucks to Camp Pendleton, Calif., the Corps’ largest West Coast training facility, and home of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

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% by 2015 and increase its reliance on renewable electrical energy to 25% 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 (88 km/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. Read more

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Smith Electric Vehicles manufactures and markets zero-emission commercial electric vehicles that are designed to be a superior-performing alternative to traditional diesel trucks due to higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.

Our purpose is to provide the visionary leadership to completely and permanently alter the vehicle electrification supply chain.

Our vehicle designs leverage more than 80 years of experience in selling and servicing electric vehicles in the United Kingdom.

We partner with global leaders across multiple industries: food & beverage, utility, telecommunications, retail, grocery, parcel and postal delivery, school transportation, military and government. Our customers include many of the world’s largest fleet operators, including PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, TNT, Sainsbury’s, Coca-Cola, DHL, FedEx and the U.S. Military.

Smith Electric Vehicles is a privately held company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.  Smith currently designs, produces and sells two vehicles, the Smith Newton and the Smith Edison, both of which can be configured for multiple applications. Smith has manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Missouri and outside of Newcastle, UK. In 2011, Smith US purchased the zero-emissions vehicle business of the UK-based parent company, which has been in operation in Europe since the 1920s. Read more

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Smith Electric Vehicles (Wikipedia) is the world's leading manufacturers of electric commercial vehicles; battery-powered vans, and trucks Smith Electric Vehicles has always focused on the commercial vehicle market – it does not produce electric cars and has never done so.

In 2011 after its United States subsidiary bought its European parent for $15 million it is based in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1920 in North East England, it now produces the largest range of commercial electric vehicles in the world, with Gross Vehicle Weights (GVWs) from 3,500 kg – 12,000 kg. Read more


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Aptera Motors designed and manufactured efficient commuter vehicles utilizing streamlined aerodynamic designs, lightweight composite structures and unique drive systems. Aptera's aim was to deliver vehicles that were attainable and efficient. The Aptera 2e was an all-electric, three-wheeled two-seater that got the equivalent of 200-plus miles per gallon. Read more


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RIP Aptera: Lessons For Startup Electric-Car Companies
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by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
December 5, 2011

On Friday, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur sent out an email with the news that the Aptera 2e -- the all-electric, two-seat, ultra-efficient car we’ve awaited for nearly five years -- wouldn’t be making it into production.

As the long, drawn-out story that has been Aptera’s existence finally comes to a close, what can other small electric-car companies learn from Aptera’s collapse? And what does Aptera’s failure to materialize mean for electric-car buyers? Read more

Employees of Failed Electric Car Manufacturer Caught Destroying Car Frames…With Forklifts
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by Beckert Adams
December 8, 2011

Californian car manufacturer Aptera Motors had big plans to revamp the auto industry with its sleek, aerodynamic electric cars. With the help of Darrell Issa (R-CA), the company had hoped to secure a lucrative $150 million Department of Energy loan guarantee. Issa even sent Energy Secretary Steven Chu a letter back in January 2010 supporting the company’s request.

"They were looking for an answer," Issa told POLITICO in October. "We simply encouraged it. It’s an interesting project for the commuter vehicle . . . and we simply wanted an answer." Issa said the loan would "greatly assist a leading developer of electric vehicles in my district."

However, when Aptera Motors was unable to secure the loan, the company announced that it would permanently close its doors due to a "lack of resources." Read more



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