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Coming to America - Faraday Mark II, A Pure Electric Ford F650

Smith Electric Vehicles today launched a new concept vehicle for North America that will go into production later this year.

Smith is working in collaboration with Ford, on the future development of commercial electric vehicles for Europe and North America. In North America, Ford has agreed to supply Smith with a range of its Ford F-Series commercial vehicles as the chassis for Smith's US-specific vehicles.

The first of these vehicles was unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show as the Faraday mark II, a pure electric truck using the Ford F650 chassis cab, with a GVW of up to 13,000kg. The vehicle is expected to have similar specifications to the Smith Newton pure electric truck that is sold in the UK and Europe. Newton is available in GVWs from 7,500kg to 12,000kg and has a top speed of 50mph, with a range in excess of 100 miles on one battery charge.

Smith expects to commence US manufacture of the first of this product in the second half of 2008.

Darren Kell said: "This relationship with Ford in North America will provide Smith with vehicles that will be recognisable to - and readily accepted by - American customers."

Smith Electric Vehicles also used the CV Show to launch a new version of its Newton truck, powered by a leading edge Iron Phosphate lithium-ion battery pack. Unlike the incumbent Sodium Nickel Chloride battery, used since Newton launched in 2006, the lithium-ion battery also does not require heat charging and is more robust, offering a longer life and making it more receptive to fast charging.

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