New Battery-Electric Vehicles Entering the U.S. Market

At this week’s International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, California, several exciting all-battery electric vehicles were on display. These vehicles have already been successfully introduced into the European market and are now available to American consumers. If you are looking for ways to reduce your corporate carbon output, it is worthwhile to invest in electric vehicles because they are currently our cleanest form of transportation.

For Heavy-Load Local Deliveries: Consider Smith’s Edison (3.5 ton, 1338 kg payload, 150-mile range) or Smith’s Newton (7.5 ton, 3400 kg payload, 130-mile range). These trucks are currently in use by DHL and Starbucks in Europe.
For Small-Load Local Deliveries: Take a look at the ZENN (Zero-Emission No-Noise Vehicle). It has a 35-mile range and gets the electric-battery equivalent of 245 mpg. I drove a ZENN around the block last Saturday and it performs well for in-town errands.
For quick, local document deliveries: Vectrix Scooters are a great alternative. They have a range of 65 miles and provide 5 hours of simulated urban driving. They are sleek, stylish, and recharge in 2 hours.
For long-range, high-mileage use: Purchase a Toyota Prius and convert it to a Plug-In Electric Vehicle. OEMtek, based in Northern California, can convert your Prius in half a day for between $12,500-$15,000. Average fuel economy is 125 mpg in combined urban and freeway driving. OEMtek can also offer fleet and volume discounts.
The variety of electric-drive vehicles available today is a testament to their improved technology and reliability. Your company can stand out as an environmental leader and save money on fuel costs by owning some of these clean, green machines.

Shannon Arvizu, Ph.D., is a clean tech educator and cutting-edge consultant for the auto industry. You can follow her test drives in the cars of the future at

6 responses

  1. This makes perfect sense for delivery trucks – high torque, no emissions so they can drive right into the facility, and practically no maintenance costs. Range isn’t really an issue as long as it’s for local fleets. Very cool stuff.

  2. I totally agree, Nick. This looks like a company who have brushed aside the excuses routinely offered as to why we can’t have EVs yet, and are just getting on and doing it. They’ve focussed on a market where the usual excuses are irrelevant. What’s more, their trucks are being bought by hardheaded fleet owners for whom running costs are every bit as important as green imagery. The fact that two UK companies ( being the other) have independently developed different battery trucks, and both found a ready market, suggests that the concept is viable and practicable. It also means they are building a customer base from which to expand into the wider market as battery development progresses. Shrewd stuff!

  3. other companies who did not exhibit because of the $3000 booth fee + product shipping, hotel, airfare, car rental….expenses….kept their money for better uses than showing to people who wont buy anyway.
    Remember, shows are a for-profit venture.

  4. That’s right Falcon, many companies weren’t at EVS23
    due to the high cost. Those companies can be found in places like though because it’s free to everyone.

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