Tanfield and Ford launch electric van

Smith Electric Vehicles, a division of Washington, Tyne-and-Wear headquartered Tanfield, has launched the Smith Ampere, an electric light van developed in collaboration with Ford


Smith Electric Vehicles, a division of Washington, Tyne-and-Wear headquartered Tanfield Group, has launched the Smith Ampere, an electric light van developed in collaboration with Ford.



Ampere, which uses the Ford Transit Connect chassis, was unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham.



Tanfield claims the Ampere is first in its class, aimed at urban operators using large fleets of light vans in the postal and courier, utilities and telecommunications sectors. It has a gross vehicle weight of 2,340kg, with payload capacity of up to 800kg.



Ampere has a range in excess of 100 miles on one battery charge and a top speed of up to 70mph. It is powered by a 50kW electric motor and an iron phosphate lithium-ion battery pack. This is a new drive train and battery and was developed specifically for Ampere.



Ford has already announced that it will launch the Transit Connect in North America and recently unveiled a taxi cab variant. Tanfield will concurrently launch the Ampere for sale in the USA.



Tanfield has reached a broad agreement with Ford to collaborate on future zero emission vehicle projects and is investigating further opportunities in sales, marketing and product development both in Europe and North America.