As of late, President Obama launched a program called EV-Everywhere Challenge. This is an attempt to bring everyone together (scientists, business leaders, government and engineers) to develop an infrastructure and market for a robust electric vehicle market in ten (10) years. So after reading the press release, it was quite obvious that this is an effort to try and bring all the players together. However, it is not seemed to be a realistic approach to developing an electric vehicle structure for the United States. While Secretary Chu and the Obama Administration wishes this to be a reality, there are multiple obstacles to letting this occur.
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Smith Electric Vehicles Launches Production of All-Electric Newton™ Step Van With The Help of FedEx!
FedEx Express helps launch zero-emission step vans built on Smith’s Newton platform (KANSAS CITY, MO.) – March 6, 2012 – Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (Smith), a global leader in all-electric commercial vehicles, today unveiled the Newton Step Van, an all-electric, zero-e mission vehicle built on the versatile Newton platform that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster. Smith announced the launch of the Newton Step Van in Indianapolis at the NTEA Work Truck Show, North America’s largest vocational truck and equipment event. FedEx Express will be the first company to deploy the Newton Step Vans in the United States. The Newton Step Van, an ideal solution for thousands of delivery routes in urban environments, offers a gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds and a range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge. The vehicle incorporates Smith’s proprietary Smith Drive™, Smith Power™, and Smith Link™ technologies to provide superior power train performance, battery management efficiency and remote system monitoring.