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Smith takes electric power into Europe

Electric van producer Smith Electric Vehicles has launched its first vehicles for the European mainland.

Based in the north-east of England, Smith has unveiled the first left-hand drive versions of its the Newton all-electric truck and Edison electric van.

The vehicles have been purchased by delivery giant TNT for trials in Rotterdam, Holland, with a view to rolling out Smith vehicles across TNT’s European fleet.

Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, said: “We are very aware of the impact of our operations on the environment and recognise that we contribute to the problem of climate change. Hence, we feel it’s our responsibility to contribute to a viable long-term solution.

“Protecting the environment also makes business sense, as our stakeholders are increasingly evaluating us on our environmental impact. TNT foresees electric vehicles will become a key component for future super-urbanized inner city pick up and delivery networks as more and more restrictions are imposed on emissions in urbanised areas.”

TNT will run the vehicles on electricity from a 100% renewable source, meaning they leave no carbon footprint from emissions.

Kevin Harkin, sales director of Smith Electric Vehicles, said: “We are delighted to be TNT’s preferred supplier for commercial electric delivery vehicles.

“Our electric vehicles are not only zero emission at the point of use, helping to reduce urban air pollution, but they are also much cheaper to operate than conventional diesel-powered trucks and vans.

“We are confident that our electric vehicles can bring operational benefits to TNT and play a key role in the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, which offers support to this type of pilot and a platform to test their business cases.”

Mr Bakker believes this deal is the first step in tapping into huge European demand for electric vehicles.

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