Kansas City Assembly Plant comes on line as second US plant building new Ford F-150

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Ford has begun production of the 2015 F-150 ( earlier post ) at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.

Penske adds Ford E-Transit to its fleet of rental and leasing vans


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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. Click to enlarge.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. EPA is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating in areas designated as having poor air quality. Diesel Emissions Fleets

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SkyNRG and AEG Fuels deliver sustainable aviation biofuels for Bombardier Business Aircraft demo fleet

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SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Bombardier’s demonstration fleet, consisting of a Learjet 75, Challenger 350, Challenger 650, and Global 6000 aircraft, completed the successful biofuel-powered flights.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport adds two BYD electric buses

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The K9M 40-foot buses are part of the airport’s fleet of “terminal-to- terminal” shuttles used to transport passengers between the international and domestic terminals, and from the international terminal to the Rental Car Center. Bus Electric (Battery) Fleets

Ford opens E-Transit Registration site for commercial customers; new pricing

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To date, more than 450 commercial customers in North America, including 200 top fleets and fleet management companies, have said they’re interested in purchasing the E-Transit. It will be built alongside the Transit at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

Lightning Systems electric shuttle buses now offered on CALACT purchasing contract

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Custom seating, ADA up-fitting and integration with the Lightning Vehicles on the contract are handled by Nor Cal Vans of Chico, California; MobilityWorks based in Richfield, Ohio; Fenton Mobility Products of Buffalo, New York; Sunset Vans based in Corona, California; and Diamond Coach of Oswego, Kansas. The voucher program can reduce the upfront cost of advanced zero emissions fleet vehicles by 40 to 70%. Bus Electric (Battery) Fleets Sales

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News: 10 Best States To Own an EV

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In contrast, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota and Kansas had no incentives. Make sure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to be notified of all new stories and vehicle reviews. Study Ranks Best and Worst Places To Drive Electric.

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UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. UPS is working to meet its goal of logging one billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017, using a Rolling Laboratory approach to determine the right alternative fuel solutions to meet the unique needs of route-specific driving environments.

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

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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. Andrew Cuomo announced the development of a federally-funded, multi-year commercial electric vehicle (EV) buyer incentive program to accelerate adoption of commercial EVs and allow for strategic fleet conversion throughout New York State. Smith Electric Vehicles Corp.

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UPS makes largest purchase of renewable natural gas yet in the US: 170M gallon equivalents over 7 years

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RNG is a key part of UPS’ strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40% of total ground fuel purchases by 2025, supporting the logistics leader’s efforts to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its ground fleet 12% by 2025. —Mike Casteel, UPS director of fleet procurement. UPS has used more than 28 million gallons of RNG in its ground fleet since 2014. El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Kan.;

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Lightning Systems battery-electric heavy-duty Ford Transit showing 61 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emissions solutions for commercial fleets, is taking its new Ford Transit LightningElectric model ( earlier post ) on the road, showcasing the recently released vehicle efficiency ratings of 61 MPGe on in-town routes and 66 MPGe on highway. The LightningElectric is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, a product used extensively by commercial and government fleets. Conversions Electric (Battery) Fleets

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Clean Energy to build new CNG stations for multiple transit agencies and large school district; agreements with trucking, refuse and others

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will construct new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations for Arlington Transit (ART) in Arlington County, Virginia; Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) in Long Island, NY; and North Kansas City (MO) School District, which is set to become the largest school district in the US to transition its school bus fleet to CNG. The five-year contract valued at just over $13 million will extend the partnership between NICE and Clean Energy and will support a fleet of over 200 CNG buses.

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UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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UPS plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. In 2016, UPS used more than 61 million gallons of natural gas in its ground fleet, which included 4.6 The company has driven more than one billion miles since 2000 with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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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. Ford also has developed a specialized new tool to help optimize fleet purchases based on specific fuel types and operating locations. The tool incorporates important information to evaluate fuel costs and emissions, providing an opportunity for fleet managers to quickly evaluate multiple options. Diesel Fleets

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DOE awarding $7+ million to four hydrogen and fuel cell projects, including fuel cell delivery trucks

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Sprint ($250,000 DOE investment): Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, Sprint will deploy fuel cell-powered backup power systems for rooftop telecommunications equipment. Fleets Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Storage The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $7 million to four projects that will help bring cost-effective, advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies online faster for both mobile and stationary applications.

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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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million recreational and commercial drones (PDF) in the active UAS fleet. Kansas State University. The research team consisting of the University of Kansas and the Ohio State University will work together to: Identify severities of UAS flight upset due to wake turbulence to help the FAA assess risk of upset and to develop policy, guidance, and procedures for mitigating UAS wake turbulence encounters; and. University of Kansas – lead University.

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EPA announces $46M for latest Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. Over the last three years, EPA has provided nearly $300 million in grants and rebates to modernize diesel fleets with cleaner heavy-duty trucks and equipment, according to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

6.8M gallons in new contracts for Redeem renewable natural gas

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CLNE) announced new fuel, construction and service agreements as more fleets convert from diesel to Redeem Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), a transportation fuel made from organic waste that not only addresses short-term air quality issues caused by diesel, but is a carbon-neutral alternative that greatly reduces the amount of greenhouse gas produced by vehicles. The Kansas City region remains committed to displacing diesel fuel with cleaner-burning CNG. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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Smith Telemetry for EVs Launches at CV Operator Show

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Smith Telemetry aims to simplify fleet management of commercial electric vehicles, while also reducing costs. This is a very cost-effective method for fleet managers to streamline the management of commercial EVs. For the fleet manager, this system delivers unprecedented real time information on each electric vehicle’s location and state of charge —Kevin Harkin, Sales Director for Smith Electric Vehicles. Tags: Electric (Battery) Fleets

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Landi Renzo USA to offer MY 2018 F-150 with CNG; 50,000-mile warranty

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Landi Renzo USA , a division of Landi Renzo Group, a global leader in alternative fuel systems, will offer the Ford F-150 with compressed natural gas (CNG) for model year 2018 with Ford Ship-Thru strategically located adjacent to the Ford assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. Landi Renzo plans to continue expanding its Ford Ship-Thru capabilities and streamlining fleet supply chain logistics.

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XL Hybrids and Knapheide partner for XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150

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Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits ( earlier post ) on Ford F-150s in its Kansas City, Mo. Fleets will maintain the complete OEM warranty, and get a three-year, 75,000 mile warranty from XL Hybrids on the XLP powertrain. XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a commercial vehicle equipment provider in North America, will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford half-ton pickup trucks.

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Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas are home to a quarter of the US population and consume 30% of electric power generated in the US.

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Smith Electric Vehicles to open manufacturing facility in Chicago

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Smith said its decision to locate a facility in Chicago was influenced by the Mayor’s innovative voucher system created to accelerate the conversion from diesel to zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles, the large number of fleets interested in vehicle electrification, and the development incentives made available to Smith. Chicago will be Smith’s third location in the United States, joining the headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.,

US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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The project will deploy 502 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through 119 public and private fleets throughout the state. The stations will provide additional CNG fueling in cities and along the Interstate corridors that pass through Kansas City – East to West on I-70 and North to South on I-35. Clean Energy Coalition’s CEC Michigan Green Fleets Initiative. Railroad Commission of Texas’ Texas Propane Fleet Pilot Program.

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

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Enova has demonstrated the Ze to USPS, Aramark, Amazon.com, UPS, the US Army, the Department of Energy, and several other national fleets and vehicle OEMs. As a result of the expansion of its relationship with Smith Electric Vehicles, Enova’s 120kW all-electric drive systems were recently seen in Smith’s Newton delivery trucks that were deployed with AT&T, Frito Lay, Staples, Coca-Cola, Pacific Gas & Electric and Kansas City Power & Light. The Ze electric drive system.

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DOE awards $13.4M to 5 projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems

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Two additional alternative fuel community partner projects across the Southeast and Midwest regions will bring together more than 20 diverse partners including communities, businesses, fleets and Clean Cities coalitions. million to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, as well as supporting infrastructure, through community-based partnerships throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.4

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EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating at goods movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality.

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Ford begins shipping all-electric E-Transit, beginning fulfillment of over 10,000 units


The all-electric E-Transit is assembled at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant , which is the automaker’s first plant to assemble batteries and all-electric vehicles in-house.

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Smith Delivers First Electric Trucks to Major US Corporations

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Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L). Smith Electric Vehicles US, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Smith Electric Vehicles has produced the Newton truck in Europe for more than three years and has sold vehicles to major fleet operators in sectors such as mail and parcel delivery, logistics, retail, highway maintenance and airports.

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USDOT FTA announces $182M in Low-No grants for transit vehicles & facilities nationwide

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The project also supports RTC’s efforts to transition its aging diesel bus fleet to zero emission vehicles to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in an area where ozone levels currently exceed air quality targets. Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $182 million in funding for low- and no-emissions buses and the facilities that support them.

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Ford US sales up 5% in April; SUVs post an April record, hybrid sales down 31%

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Retail sales grew 7%, while fleet sales were up 1%—the company’s best April retail sales in nine years. Kansas City Assembly, the second assembly plant building the popular new F-150, continues to ramp up production through the second quarter. Once the plant is fully online, Ford will be able to fill many fleet orders—especially the regular cab and long cargo box configurations popular with these customers.

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

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Participating customers will receive a subsidy from the program for allowing their vehicles to be part of the demonstration fleet. Smith’s Kansas City assembly plant and corporate office currently employ approximately 50 people. Smith will continue expansion in Kansas City at the company’s corporate headquarters staff, through its research and development group and the assembly plant team.

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EIA: natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

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Based on data in EIA’s Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, reciprocating engines accounted for 1% of the total natural gas-fired power fleet. Kansas (564 MW) and California (398 MW), both states with large amounts of renewable generation, have the next highest capacities of reciprocating engines.

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EV Readiness Index Study shows which U.S. States are most prepared for an electrified future


“A great example from California is the Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebates for Fleet Vehicles offered by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Kansas – 12.00 – 1, 1, 3, 3, 3.

DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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Through the Department’s Clean Cities initiative, these projects address a range of community infrastructure and training needs, such as providing safety and technical training for fleet operators, mechanics, first responders, and code officials; streamlining permitting and procurement processes; and helping public and private fleets integrate petroleum reduction strategies into their operations. vehicle implementation; establish a Minnesota green fleet recognition.

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CleanFUEL USA Secures $12.9 Million from US DOE for 100+ Propane Refueling Stations

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The program will roll out in two phases and focus on cities that have a presence of existing and potential autogas fleets, autogas fuel availability as well as available staff and resources from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). The second phase will target 14 cities (Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Antonio/Austin, Oklahoma City, St. The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $12.9

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

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The Fort Carson team, led by Kansas City, Mo.-based Challenges of this project include using electric vehicles to absorb excess generated power from the base’s photovoltaic array and reduce the base’s energy bill by integrating vehicle energy storage into the energy management strategy, while continuing to serve as an active part of the base vehicle fleet, said co-researcher Joe Redfield, a principal engineer in SwRI’s Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division.

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

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of Kansas City, Mo., 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. has selected AeroVironment, Inc. (AV)

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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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The seven finalist cities that were announced at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March—Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco—all presented innovative concepts, proposing to create new first-of-a-kind corridors for autonomous vehicles to move city residents, to electrify city fleets, and to collectively equip over thirteen thousand buses, taxis, and cars with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.

Are Autonomous Buses the Answer for Efficient Transportation and Reducing Emissions and Fuel Consumption?

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In May 2017, Reno, Nevada, boasted that it is laying the groundwork for the industry’s first driverless bus program, launching a three-phase process to roll out a full fleet in its downtown area. The research found that “traffic emissions were reduced by one-third, and 95 percent less space was required for public parking,” and the vehicle fleet necessary would only be 3 percent of today’s fleet. by Dave Crichton.

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

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Being in a position to unify Smith’s divisions after less than two years of operating in the United States is evidence that the market for affordable, sustainable commercial fleets is fertile. It operates an unrivaled UK-wide service and support network that already maintains more than 5,000 vehicles for major fleet operators. Smith Electric US is now a privately-held company owned by Private Investors, Tanfield, and Management, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

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