Santa Monica To House All-Electric Truck

June 22, 2009

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The City of Santa Monica, Calif., will be receiving an all-electric zero emission medium-duty truck, ZeroTruck, purchased from Electrorides.

"This truck meets the needs of our Water Division and the goals of our Sustainable City Plan to reduce emissions and reduce our use of petroleum," said Rick Sikes, fleet superintendant. "A zero-emission medium-duty truck is something that has never been available to us until now."

The truck, which has a Scelzi utility body, is based on the Isuzu N series chassis. Other features of the truck include a low cab forward design, fully automated transmission, up to 100-mile range with full highway capability, advanced lithium batteries, an onboard battery charger, regenerative braking, and a UQM PowerPhase 100 advanced electric motor. The truck will be delivered through South Bay Truck Center of Carson, Calif.

"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," said Tedd Abramson, Electrorides CEO.

Electrorides produces the electric drive integration system, which allows trucks to run on electric power with a highway speed of 55 mph and up to 100 miles per battery charge. The ZeroTruck is currently listed on the General Services Administration's buy list under alternative fueled vehicles.

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

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