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USA: These Electric Delivery Vehicles Are About To Take Over The Streets Of NYC

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Alex Davies
New York City is set to get a little quieter and a little cleaner, as long as its residents keep buying potato chips and shopping at Duane Reade. That’s because Frito Lay and the pharmacy chain have leased delivery trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles.

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Kansas City-based Smith, which showcased its new Newton truck in Times Square today, is building an assembly plant near Hunts Point, in the South Bronx, which it expects to open by the end of the year. That presence will allow it to fight for a share of the New York market, where it has already made headway, leasing vehicles to Fresh Direct’s and Coca-Cola’s local fleets, as well as to Duane Reade and Frito Lay.

Electric vehicles shine on short trips, since stop-and-go city driving is where gas and diesel powered vehicles are least efficient, and limited range is not a problem. Smith CEO Bryan Hansel says the company focuses on the “last mile of delivery,” so companies can transport goods from central depots to stores around the city.

Duane Reade’s truck routes average 15-20 miles through slow city traffic, so the upsides of electric vehicles are magnified. “It’s good business,” Fleet Operations Manager Charles Hayward says, “and good for the community.”

Each Smith Newton costs around $75,000, plus the cost of the battery (selected based on required range, with a 100-mile maximum). Over a six year lease, choosing electric power will save Duane Reade money as long as diesel prices remain at or above $4 per gallon, Hayward says. (As of September 3, a gallon cost $4.15.)
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