Houston Set to Deploy 30 Electric Delivery Trucks

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 4

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Imagine seeing 30 electric delivery trucks in a single city.  Now, imagine that city being Houston, Texas.

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It’s a done deal, so soon the Houston-Galveston area will have 30 Smith Newton electric trucks on the streets.

As part of a US DoE sponsored effort, fleets in the Houston-Galveston area will replace existing diesel delivery vehicles with Smith Newtons:

“The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) awarded a grant to H-GAC with an objective of accelerating the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. DOE selected this project to improve local air quality in the Houston-Galveston area, which is currently designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) 8-hour ozone nonattainment area.”

“The H-GAC Zero Emission Truck project will demonstrate the effectiveness of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles while significantly reducing emissions and petroleum use. By deploying 30 zero emission trucks targeted for this program, H-GAC expects to reduce petroleum consumption by over 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel over the 2-year demonstration period. The project will have additional impact with an expected reduction in GHG emissions by 37.5 million tons of carbon equivalents per year and an expected reduction in criteria pollutants of over 2,000 tons per year.”

The deployment of 30 zero emission trucks will reduce petroleum consumption by over 250,000 gallons over the course of the 2-year project.  Each Smith Newton comes delivered with a charging station that replenishes the truck in 6 to 10 hours (depending on battery capacity – 40 to 120 kWh).

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4 responses to "Houston Set to Deploy 30 Electric Delivery Trucks"

  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    I start getting excited, and then I read the word “grant”.

    1. Assaf says:

      Explain yourself, please.

    2. Gary H says:

      Just think of it as “try it before you buy.”

  2. Assaf says:

    Dear Staff,

    Can you cite the ranges on these 40 to 120 KWh trucks?

    Thanks!