Smith telemetry promises to cut vehicle off road time 19 April 2010

Smith Electric Vehicles launched a telemetry system "specifically engineered for commercial electric vehicles" at last week's CV Operator Show.

Says sales director Kevin Harkin: "Smith Telemetry represents a paradigm shift in the product support of electric commercial vehicles. This is a very cost effective method for fleet managers to streamline the management of commercial EVs."

The system itself, he explains, takes data from the EV's driveline controller and battery management system, along with a GPS tracker. It relays information to the operator's central server and to SEV for remote assistance, if necessary.

"Smith Telemetry will also allow our service engineers to provide even more focused and targeted product support, minimising call-outs and reducing the amount of time a customer vehicle is off the road," insists Harkin.

The first systems in Europe are being fitted to the fleet of SEV vans being delivered this summer, under the government's Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme.

Harking says that the company is also running a retrofit programme for existing EVs.

Meanwhile, Smith Electric Vehicles is focusing on diversifying its vehicle operations. Building mostly on the ford Transit Jumbo 4.6 tonne chassis cab platform, the company is keen to point out that its EVs are not just about panel vans.

In fact, the most recent LCV to its credit is flatbed electric truck for Scottish & Southern, equipped with its own boom lift – all powered fro the electric traction batteries.

Brian Tinham

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