A new all-electric medium-duty truck has entered Australia’s vehicle market, albeit with a hefty initial price tag.
The Smith 10-tonne Newton model all-electric, zero emission truck will set you back around $180,000, nearly double that of a comparable-sized diesel run Japanese truck. However, based on a travel distance of about 200 kilometres per day, the added sales price should pay for itself by the end of its third year according to Smith Trucks Australia.
The Smith Newton EV starts life as D Series Avia truck chassis, which is manufactured in the Czech Republic. The chassis is transported to the UK and converted from a conventional diesel engine to a 120kW electric motor.
Battery power is supplied from a lithium-ion battery that boasts twice the energy storage of its lead-acid counterpart and weighing significantly less.
The 163hp motor allows a driving distance of up to 240km, and requires eight hours to recharge.
Australian trucking company, Toll Group has announced it will trial one of the Smith EV’s. If successful, Toll Group says the vehicles could be used nationally and offers “substantial savings”.