NYC to get electric truck manufacturing plant

New York will soon be getting a little greener. Smith Electric, a company that makes zero-emissions commercial trucks, will be manufacturing them in the Big Apple starting in 2012.

The company already has plants in Kansas City, MO, and near Newcastle, England. NYC officials gave the company roughly $11 million in incentives to build in the city. The plant will reportedly be in the South Bronx, and the move is expected to create 100 jobs.

Smith's all-electric trucks can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge, at less than half the annual operating cost of comparably-sized standard diesel trucks. Frito Lay has used Smith trucks, and Coca-Cola has also agreed to use them.

While a range of 150 miles is unlikely to make the truck a widespread alternative to its diesel counterpart, for companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and to save money on short-haul routes, Smith trucks could be a viable solution.

Photo: Smith Electric

via [EarthTechling]

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