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Smith Electric Vehicles rolls out telematics system

Smith Telemetry has been developed specifically for electric vehicles (EVs) with the aim of simplifying the management of commercial electric vehicles, while also reducing costs.

Smith Telemetry collates and interprets more than 1,800 data sets from an electric vehicle’s drive line, controller and battery management system, along with a GPS tracker. The device refines and relays this information to a server, allowing real time access to all key performance indicators of the vehicle’s operations.

Kevin Harkin, sales director for Smith Electric Vehicles, said: “For the first time, a fleet manager can know precisely how much battery power is left in each of their vehicles, at the push of a button. This allows fleets to maximise the use of their electric vehicles and makes the vehicles more accommodating for unscheduled, additional trips.”

Product Support engineers at Smith Electric Vehicles can also remotely conduct trend analysis, to effectively monitor all aspects of vehicle system performance.

“Smith Telemetry helps our service engineers to provide even more focused and targeted product support,” added Harkin. “This minimises call-outs and reduces the amount of time a customer vehicle is off the road.”

The first Smith Telemetry systems in Europe are fitted to the fleet of Smith Edison panel vans, being delivered this summer through the UK Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme. At the same time, workers at Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp in Kansas City are fitting the new telematics system to the larger Smith Newton trucks, for customers in North America.
 

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