All-electric truck launched into Australian market

Smith unveils its Newton model at Brisbane Truck Show

All-electric truck launched into Australian market
All-electric truck launched into Australian market
May 21, 2013

A 10-tonne GVM electric truck has had its first public outing in Australia.

The Smith Newton was launched at the Brisbane Truck Show, which was held from May 16 to 19.

The Newton is based on the cab chassis of a D series Avia truck (which was also launched at the show) with the diesel engine and conventional transmission replaced with an electric drivetrain.

The Avia is made in the Czech Republic and the conversion is carried out in the United Kingdom by Smith, which has been involved with commercial electric vehicles for 80 years.

The Smith Newton has a 120kW (163hp) electric motor with only four moving parts in the drivetrain.

The battery is lithium-ion which Smith says delivers twice the running time of a lead-acid battery with a third less weight.

Driving range is up to 240km, with recharge times up to eight hours. Regenerative braking maximises energy recovery.

Features in common with conventional Avia trucks include a full air brake system with four wheel Wabco ABS disc brakes, Isri air suspension seat and three years warranty.

Avia Oceania – the importer and distributor of Smith vehicles in Australia – says customers of Smith electric trucks include global companies Coca-Cola, TNT, DHL and FedEx as well as the US military.

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