Battery power dominates CV Show

Date: Thursday, May 01, 2008

With biodiesel increasingly accused of being responsible for rising food prices and causing environmental damage, more and more manufacturers are promoting exhaust emission-free electric vans as allegedly the best option for anybody worried about climate change.
The big news on the Smith Electric Vehicles stand was the Ampere. Based on the Ford Transit Connect and employing lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries, it offers a payload of up to 800kg and a range in excess of 100 miles. Top speed is 70mph. The 24kWh battery pack powers a 50kW electric motor.


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