From: Shannon Arvizu, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published December 7, 2007 09:21 AM

New Battery-Electric Vehicles Entering the U.S. Market

Source: Triple Pundit 

At this week's International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, California, several exciting all-battery electric vehicles were on display. These vehicles have already been successfully introduced into the European market and are now available to American consumers. If you are looking for ways to reduce your corporate carbon output, it is worthwhile to invest in electric vehicles because they are currently our cleanest form of transportation.

For Heavy-Load Local Deliveries: Consider Smith's Edison (3.5 ton, 1338 kg payload, 150-mile range) or Smith's Newton (7.5 ton, 3400 kg payload, 130-mile range). These trucks are currently in use by DHL and Starbucks in Europe.

For Small-Load Local Deliveries: Take a look at the ZENN (Zero-Emission No-Noise Vehicle). It has a 35-mile range and gets the electric-battery equivalent of 245 mpg. I drove a ZENN around the block last Saturday and it performs well for in-town errands.

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For quick, local document deliveries: Vectrix Scooters are a great alternative. They have a range of 65 miles and provide 5 hours of simulated urban driving. They are sleek, stylish, and recharge in 2 hours.

For long-range, high-mileage use: Purchase a Toyota Prius and convert it to a Plug-In Electric Vehicle. OEMtek, based in Northern California, can convert your Prius in half a day for between $12,500-$15,000. Average fuel economy is 125 mpg in combined urban and freeway driving. OEMtek can also offer fleet and volume discounts.

The variety of electric-drive vehicles available today is a testament to their improved technology and reliability. Your company can stand out as an environmental leader and save money on fuel costs by owning some of these clean, green machines.

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