Ford to assemble electric E-Transit van in Kansas City; building out $3.2B North American EV manufacturing capability

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Ford Motor Company announced that its Kansas City Assembly Plant will build the all-new E-Transit van, part of a more than $3.2 billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers. The new E-Transit will join the all-electric F-150 announced in September and the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which begins arriving in dealers’ showrooms next month.

Smith Electric Vehicles secures new strategic investor and battery supplier; production to resume in Kansas City in mid-2014

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Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) has secured a $42-million commitment from Li-ion battery developer and manufacturer Sinopoly Battery Limited for a conditional subscription of Series AA convertible promissory notes, Series E preferred stock and common stock of post-listing of SEV in the amounts of US$2 million, US$10 million and US$30 million, respectively. The $42-million investment will position Sinopoly as a strategic shareholder in Smith Electric.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Selects Kansas City for Electric Truck Assembly Plant; Newton Model to Be First

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation ( SEV US ) has selected Kansas City as the site for its US assembly plant. The new assembly plant will be located at a portion of an airline overhaul base at Kansas City International (KCI) Airport and is expected to create 120 jobs by 2010. SEV US Corp will initially focus its production on battery-electric-powered vehicles for depot-based predictable-route delivery fleets. The SEV US Newton.

Smith Electric Vehicles withdraws IPO

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Commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. Smith produces zero-emission vehicles that are designed to be an alternative to traditional diesel trucks, providing higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Mo., has decided not to pursue its planned initial public offering.

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Smith Electric Vehicles to open manufacturing facility in Chicago

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Smith Electric Vehicles announced that Smith will open an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago. Chicago will be Smith’s third location in the United States, joining the headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and a manufacturing facility in New York City. The first of its kind in the US, this plan rewards fleets on an increasing scale for replacing their most diesel-consuming vehicles.

Enova Announces Incremental 100 System Order from Smith Electric Vehicles

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has received an incremental order to deliver 100 electric drive systems to Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV), manufacturer of the all-electric Smith Newton truck. The order for 100 Enova 120kW drive systems will be installed into Smith Newton trucks in Kansas City, MO. The $32-million grant is being used to offset the cost of future vehicle development and to incentivize customers to participate in a vehicle demonstration program.

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Smith Electric Vehicles Orders 50 Enova Drive Systems

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Smith Electric Vehicles has ordered 50 Enova 120 kW all-electric drive systems for the Smith Newton. This order follows two from earlier in the year, totaling 120 units year-to-date, and will be installed into Smith Newton trucks manufactured in Kansas City. Earlier post.) The order puts Enova on track to culminate in a total order of more than 250 by year end.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US completes $58M equity private placement

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation announced the issuance and sale of $39 million of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock and the conversion of Bridge Notes and the exercise of related Warrants into $19 million of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. As previously announced, the company acquired Smith Electric Vehicles UK effective 1 January 2011. Smith produces the Newton, currently the only all-electric medium/heavy-truck offering on the GSA schedule.

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Electric Truck Maker Smith Vehicles Suspends Operations, Not Shutting Down

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Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has become the latest electric-vehicle building startup to cease operations--though the company says it isn''t shutting its doors for good. The firm builds electrically-powered commercial vehicles both in the U.S. According to Kansas City Business Journal, the

SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. SPIDERS uses the conceptual designs of an Energy Surety Microgrid developed by Sandia National Laboratories, and has four specific goals for electric power surety at US military installations: To protect critical.

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US DOE Awards Additional $22M to Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp; $32M Total

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation to receive $32 million in grant funding toward the production of all-electric, zero emissions commercial trucks. p> The DOE grant will be used to help offset the company’s future vehicle development costs and to incentivize Smith’s customers to participate in a commercial electric vehicle demonstration program.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US buys out Smith Electric Vehicles UK

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The electric truck maker based in Kansas City, Smith Electric Vehicles (SEVUS), was the US branch of a British company with a long history of electric truck manufacturing. Do you like this story? In Feb 2009 the conglomerate, Tanfield Group, entered the US market

Smith Electric Vehicles adding hundreds of jobs to Chicago with new factory

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Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday. The new manufacturing plant is expected to add hundreds of

Smith Electric Vehicles expands US manufacturing with facility in South Bronx; New York state incentive program for commercial fleet EVs

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Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. Smith will manufacture the battery electric Newton, its medium-duty vehicle with a range of up to 150 miles at the new facility beginning in 2012. A package of city and state incentives of approximately $11 million will augment Smith’s private investment. The new facility—Smith’s second US manufacturing, sales and service center—will not affect production or job levels at Smith’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.

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NYC's Duane Reade buys electric trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles

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Duane Reade announced yesterday a partnership with Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer, Smith Electric Vehicles. retail pharmacy to adopt vehicle electrification for delivery vehicles This pilot program makes Duane Reade the first U.S.

Advocating electric in the heartland

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Kansas City EAA chapter members challenge government regulation as part of their efforts to support clean energy. I’m the unofficial guy keeping tabs on what happens legislatively in Kansas,” said Schwanke, noting that he has testified at hearings way more times than he can remember.

Smith Electric Vehicles US finalizes purchase of Smith Electric UK for $15M; staging for IPO

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Smith Electric Vehicles US (SEVUS) will finalize the purchase of its United Kingdom-based parent company, Smith Electric Vehicles (UK), creating the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles. Smith UK’s current owner, the Tanfield Group, will retain 49% equity in Smith Electric Vehicles US This percentage is subject to dilution as Smith raises additional equity capital.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport adds two BYD electric buses

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has aded two BYD battery-electric buses. The vehicles carry 22 passengers and luggage; the vehicles they replaced only carried 14 passengers. Bus Electric (Battery) Fleets

Smith Electric Vehicles welcomes President Obama

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The President of the United States is set to pay a visit to Smith Electric Vehicles today, as he heads to the firm’s plant in Kansas City, Missouri. The electric vehicle producer is the only company President Obama will visit today, where he is expected to discuss the economy with the plant’s 50 workers. Tags: Electric cars electric trucks electric vans Kansas Newton Obama President Smith Electric Vehicles U.S

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Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment

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Smith Electric Vehicles may be rebounding after it suspended operations last month. The Kansas City-based maker of electric trucks announced that it has secured a $42 million investment commitment from Sinopoly Battery Limited--a producer of lithium-ion batteries and other electric-car components.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Partners with Clean Fuels Ohio Program To Target $10M in Federal Funding

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Clean Fuels Ohio , a state-wide non-profit organization, has launched its Ohio Electric Drive Initiative designed to bring more than $10 million in federal funds to Ohio through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV-US) and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research are participating in the Ohio Electric Drive Initiative as major program partners.

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Smith Electric Vehicles, Altec and PGE Partner on All-Electric Utility Truck

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEVUS) and Altec Industries Inc. have developed an all-electric utility truck with an aerial device. The truck is a battery-powered, all-electric Smith Newton produced by SEV US and SEV UK with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc. The partners inroduced the prototype at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va. The Smith Newton is the world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck.

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Li-ion Polymer Battery Maker Kokam America Is Partner of Choice for Smith Electric Vehicles US; Kokam JV With Dow Targeted at Scaling Up Production

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When Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp (SEV-US) announced on 27 March its selection of Kansas City, Missouri as the site for its US assembly plant for electric commercial vehicles ( earlier post ), SEV-US CEO Bryan Hansel named Kokam America (also based in Missouri) as the electric vehicle company’s battery “ partner of choice. ” The partnership with Kokam does not currently extend to Smith Electric Vehicles based in the UK.

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Smith Delivers First Electric Trucks to Major US Corporations

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Smith Electric Vehicles US delivered the first electric Newton trucks—the largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck—to four Fortune 500 companies and two utility companies in an event hosted at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. First recipients include: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L).

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7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

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and Rick Clemmer CEO of NXP Semiconductors, announced the seven finalists for the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. The USDOT has pledged up to $40 million (funding subject to future appropriations) to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies—self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors—into their transportation network.

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Obama Backing EVs With Missouri Visit

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President Barack Obama isn't hiding his support for electric vehicles one bit, with the nation's leader heading to Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday to visit one of a growing number of electric vehicle startups. Obama will be visiting Smith Electric Vehicles, a small firm specializing in building battery-powered commercial vehicles and the

ICCT assesses factors driving EV market in US cities

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A new white paper from a team at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses the growing US electric vehicle market and the factors that are driving it, with a focus on the 50 most populous US metropolitan areas. Overall, the share of new vehicles that are plug-in electric in these 50 areas is 1.2%, about 3 times the proportion in the rest of the United States. Electric vehicle share of new 2016 vehicle registrations by metropolitan area.

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US Marine Corps purchases two Smith Electric Trucks

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation has sold two all-electric Smith Newton trucks to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Smith Electric will deliver the trucks to Camp Pendleton, Calif., The Smith Electric Truck for the military. 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. The trucks will be built in Smith Electric’s Kansas City, Mo.,

Milbank Manufacturing selects AeroVironments EV charging solutions for national distribution program to expand charging infrastructure

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of Kansas City, Mo., AV) of Monrovia, California to provide AV’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to its customers—including utilities, developers, contractors, businesses, and consumers—through Milbank’s nationwide distribution network. Milbank will offer several of AV’s EV charging station models including vehicle charging at the home, office, retail complex, fleet yard, or construction site. Milbank Manufacturing Co.

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Smith Electric Begins Production of Newton Plug-In Delivery Van

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Smith Electric Vehicles, maker of the Newton plug-in electric delivery truck, began production at its diminutive plant in Kansas City. The Newton, plug-in electric is one of only a few electric vehicles built within the United States. The plant where construction of the Newton takes place is a converted aircraft maintenance hanger at the

London Bus Operator Deploying Smith Electric Vans as Support Vehicles

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Bus operator Go-Ahead London has taken delivery of its first Smith electric Edison vans, following a successful month-long trial of the technology. The vans are used as support vehicles for roadside assistance and for distributing spare parts around Go-Ahead London’s locations in the capital. The electric vans are simply another step towards this goal. The Smith Edison is a pure electric version of the Ford Transit van.

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Ford to offer new diesel engine option in new Transit van; new Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator

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Ford says that the new Transit, which begins production in Kansas City in 2013, will achieve at least 25% better fuel economy than current E-Series vans. Called the Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator, the new tool is designed to help fleet customers understand their current carbon footprint and to model various scenarios based on the types of vehicles they choose for their fleets.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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The Obama Administration has announced a series of actions from the Federal government, private sector, and states, as well as a new framework for collaboration for vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies, and states, all geared towards accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road. Electric vehicle coalition.

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Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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Electric trucks created in Washington, Tyne & Wear are today on the roads of Washington DC. Four major US corporations and two utility companies took delivery of the Smith Newton, the largest road-going electric truck in North America. Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) are the first Newton customers in the USA.

Smith Telemetry for EVs Launches at CV Operator Show

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Smith Electric Vehicles is unveiling a new telemetry system specifically engineered for commercial electric vehicles at the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show 2010, Birmingham, England, 13 to 15 April. Smith Telemetry aims to simplify fleet management of commercial electric vehicles, while also reducing costs. Smith Telemetry represents a paradigm shift in the product support of electric commercial vehicles.

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Kokam is Smith Electrics partner of choice

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Smith Electric Vehicles has announced that Kokam America will be its battery partner of choice when work begins at its Kansas City, Missouri, site. It is expected that the cells used for applications with Smith Electric Vehicles will have an energy density range of 180Wh/kg. Tags: Green cars Latest news Kokam America Smith Electric Vehicles

Smith Electric powers ahead with utility truck

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A battery powered, all electric utility truck with an aerial device has been produced by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation in association with Altec Industries Inc. The partners, who introduced the prototype at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg Virginia, will send the first test unit to the fleet of the Pacific Gas and Electricity Company to conduct routine and emergency overhead line work in the northern and central California service area.

Ford and Smith scrap electric Transit plans

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In a surprising decision, Ford Motor Company and Smith Electric Vehicles US have agreed to terminate the development project of an electric car-derived van that would have been based on the Transit Connect. The UK-based Tanfield Group, Smith Electric Vehicles US’s parent company, announced that due to growing demand for its production ready Smith Newton, the forecast volumes for the electric Transit Connect did not in the short- to medium-term justify the investment required.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

As a new driver, learning on the roads of Kansas City, I pass by Suburbans and Tahoes on a daily basis. “Who Killed the Electric Car?&# I have stuck by that promise, and am now the proud owner of a newly converted 2005 Hyundai Tucson electric vehicle. The Suburbans of my middle American town are going to have to get used to me rolling by in my converted electric car. A converted electric car.

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Enova Systems Shows Ze, Outlines Planned Improvements in School Bus Plug-in Hybrid Drive

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The Ze electric drive system. Enova brought its Ze (zero emissions) commercialized all-electric step-van to the Plug-in 2009 conference in Long Beach. 48 per mile in a comparable diesel vehicle. Enova is supplying drive systems to Smith Electric Vehicles, and recently announced a major contract with First Auto Works (FAW) in China for hybrid buses. The vehicle uses a split Li-ion battery pack, allowing customers to select a lower-priced option for shorter range.

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First Three Conditional Loan Commitments Under DOEs ATVM Program go to Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motors and Tesla Motors

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The Obama Administration is awarding $8 billion in three conditional loan commitments for the development of innovative, advanced vehicle technologies: $5.9 These are the first conditional loan commitments reached as part of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. billion in loans through 2011 to help finance numerous engineering advances to traditional internal combustion engines and electrified vehicles.

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Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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Ford Motor Company and Smith Electric Vehicles US (SEV US) have mutually agreed to terminate the development project of an electric car-derived van based on Transit Connect. SEV US has commenced production of the Smith Newton electric truck platform at its assembly facility in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently has an order book of 255 trucks. It was concerned that the market for electric car-derived vans would become increasingly competitive.

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