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December 04, 2007

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Bob Uppendown

Excellent news! Company website is http://www.smithelectricvehicles.com

Smith EV is part of a Tanfield Group whose biggest division is the world's fourth biggest maker of powered access platforms, under the UpRight and Snorkel brands, many of which are produced in the US. Many of those are electric too. The share price of Tanfield (London ticker TAN) has climbed sevenfold in the past year.

On the EV front they are pressing ahead where others find excuses not to.

Paul F. Dietz

The batteries in this thing are hot (250 C, I think) and contain liquid sodium and liquid sodium aluminum fluoride. Not bad in an application where they can be kept warm constantly, as in regularly scheduled delivery services. They will have to be kept plugged in when not in use to keep the batteries from getting too cold (restoring them after a freeze could take a few days, if I understand correctly).

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It is not JUST a battery.

Should take entire drive train system into consideration.

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Carl Hage

The Betard web site is dead today, but the google cache has a paper from 2003 on the Zebra batteries, where they calculate high-volume cost of $100/kWh (assuming $18 for 1.5kg Ni, now ~$40). That's really cheap compared to the $2000/kWh for an A123 plug-in Prius battery, and cheap compared to the target price of $500/kWh for next generation Li batteries.

The only problem is energy density-- 160W/kg, vs 1300W/kg for NiMh or LiFePO4, so you need lots of battery to get the needed power. The Smith truck batteries must be about 800kg for the 4 modules. If they could make them for ~$100/kWh, then the battery cost would be <$10K-- not bad at all.

At $100-150/kWh, it's cost effective for utility power storage.

It takes several days to freeze, not to thaw, and the batteries can take many freeze/thaw cycles.

Doing some calculations, it should take 1-2kWh to thaw a 20kWh battery (4 needed). I guess if you had to jump start it with another truck, it should only take a few minutes with some pretty hefty cables (battery power is 32kW/module). However, I just came across a data sheet that says 24h heating time-- I don't know what this means.

I saw a quote that it takes 90W/module to maintain the core temperature in the zebra battery, though it seems that adding extra insulation could cut this down. 10cm of insulation would be 10-100W for the 300 deg temperature difference.

Supposedly 4-6%/day loss of charge would occur to heat the core when not in use, so it could be parked for a couple of weeks. Charging creates enough extra heat to melt the core.

Supposedly, extra heat can be used to warm the vehicle.

I don't see much research going on in the US on these batteries.

david

dear
I'M FROM SPANISH . I WHISH TO KNOW IF IT'S POSIBLE MAKE A POWER ELECTRIC FOR THE HEAVY TRUCK OF 40 TM. THE PETROL'S PRICE VERY EXPENSIVE FROM EUROPE

THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER

BYE

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This is an eye-catching article! This is great.! There are lots of inventions now that helps the people and this is one of the interesting one.

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I'm excited to read that this truck will be produced in the USA.

With the economy in the doldrums, this production facility will be a blessing to so many who are out of work, especially those who used to work in the auto industry.

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Excellent story, I just wonder when these will become mainstream.

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Great idea. But this will never take off. Deep down it seems people dont care, its human nature. Sadly.

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Awesome. Have they improved on the lithium technology?

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Never seen this one before. Really cool.

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Well done. It's about time to consider in the Earth's resources run out slowly and go for a serious revolution in transportation. Of course using electric trucks, it's not a perfect solution, but it's better to start from there than to do nothing.

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I'm also excited to read that this truck will be produced here!

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That's a brilliant idea to launch electric truck..this will help in controlling pollution to a great extent.Good post!!

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Nice Truck but we must keep our future green & pollution free!

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Really Great Idea. It will help in save our resources and make our environment eco-friendly. But the problem will be to produce the battery which could get load of such heavy trucks.

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That's very good. It's about time to consider in the Earth's resources run out slowly and go for a serious revolution in transportation. Of course using electric trucks, it's not a perfect solution.

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The only problem is energy density-- 160W/kg, vs 1300W/kg for NiMh or LiFePO4, so you need lots of battery to get the needed power. The Smith truck batteries must be about 800kg for the 4 modules.

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It will help in save our resources and make our environment eco-friendly. But the problem will be to produce the battery which could get load of such heavy trucks. That's a brilliant idea to launch electric truck.

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Hey, just dropping in to say thanks for the excellent information!

Being from FL, i had by no means utilized tire chains before. We didn't exactly get much snow down there! Very first time I ever needed them was when I moved out to Cali. I do not know why I moved out there within the middle of winter, wasn't exactly a smart concept. It had by no means even occured to me that I might require tire chains once I got closer to California and had to cross over the mountains. Once I got closer to CA and started heading up into the mountains, I observed that everyone ahead of me was pulling over. Then I saw everybody putting their snow chains on. Of course becoming from FL I didn't even have any with me, so I had to buy some off a guy right there on the side of the road.

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Thanks for the post!

I grew up in Florida so I had by no means even seen tire chains until I made the move out to California. I'm still not certain what I was thinking moving within the middle of winter! It had never even occured to me that I may require tire chains once I got closer to California and had to cross more than the mountains. When I got there all the traffic was slowing down and everybody was pulling more than, I had no concept what was going on. Everybody was out digging in their trunks and getting their tire chains out. I didn’t have any obviously, but fortunately there were vendors selling and installing them correct there on the side from the road!

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It's about time to consider in the Earth's resources run out slowly and go for a serious revolution in transportation. Of course using electric trucks, it's not a perfect solution, but it's better to start from there than to do nothing.

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The Smith truck batteries must be about 800kg for the 4 modules. If they could make them for ~$100/kWh, then the battery cost would be <$10K-- not bad at all.

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They will have to be kept plugged in when not in use to keep the batteries from getting too cold (restoring them after a freeze could take a few days

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fourth biggest maker of powered access platforms, under the UpRight and Snorkel brands, many of which are produced in the US. Many of those are electric too. The share price of Tanfield (London ticker TAN) has climbed sevenfold in the past year.

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finally an eco-friendly truck!! but does it have the same mileage as with diesel powered trucks?

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It's about time car companies start making eco-friendly trucks. This would be a great help in reducing our green house.

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this move will help in cutting US green house emission. Hopefully similar moves will be done by China and Russia

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Great article. I think hybrid/ green commercial trucks are a perfect place to adapt the technology because they are so frequently used, not to mention one of the biggest polluters on the planet.

Keep up the informative writing

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True, it's about time our car manufacturers start making hybrid and electric cars.

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Nice facility. Those type of vehicles can handle the job better.

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this is something to watch for hopefully within 10 years all diesel fueled vehicles will be obsolete

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Great post! These machines are awesome! I love what we can do to save energy..

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It's really a great information.Today's many automaker concentrate on electric vehicles. Which has been more advantage and very comfort than regular vehicles.Because electric vehicles is Eco-friendly.It's really a great vehicle.Thanks for sharing this nice information.

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thanks for sharing this one!! hopefully diesel cars in the near future will be obsolete

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hopefully this will replace all diesel fueled trucks

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this could be the solution to the looming oil crisis! hopefully this will get the necessary support and be in production as soon as possible

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I like the idea of an electric truck used by companies in the US.

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this is an eco-friendly truck but can it match the performance of diesel powered trucks?

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this is a new concept but i don't see any real world application for this

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i think smithelectricvehicles are not only unique but also environment friendly. Really Great Idea. It will help in save our resources and make our environment eco-friendly.

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