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ZeroTruck Starts Production In US

ABR Staff Writer Published 23 June 2009

Trucks to run on electric power with a highway speed of 55mph, and up to 100 miles per battery charge

The city of Santa Monica has purchased the first ZeroTruck, an all-electric zero emission medium duty truck. The vehicle will be equipped with a Scelzi utility body for city use. The ZeroTruck is based on the Isuzu N series chassis, and is the only US built electric truck offered for sale in the US in 2009, the company said.

It offers a low cab forward design, an automated transmission, up to 100-mile range with full highway capability, lithium batteries, an onboard battery charger, regenerative braking, and is powered by a UQM PowerPhase 100 advanced electric motor.

Tedd Abramson, CEO, Electrorides, said: The vehicle is a realistic solution for fleets to go 'zero emission' and will be used for evaluation and demonstration to other state and local governments who are expected to continue to reduce emissions with the number one choice, electric. By encouraging fleets to go zero-emission with future vehicle purchases makes sense and we commend the SCAQMD and Santa Monica for taking leadership positions with the plug-in electric/zero emission approach.

Electrorides, based in Southern California,  is a developer and producer of commercial electric trucks for public and private fleet operators.