They were established in the early 20th century building milk floats and bread vans, mainly for The Co-operative. Their most known milk floats are of their Cabac design which later, after a facelift, became known as the Elizabethan. They also made coal trucks and vegetable stalls, many of which were later converted into milk floats. Contrary to popular belief they still construct their Elizabethan design.
In the early 90s doorstep delivery of milk started to dwindle and half of all milk rounds stopped in the next decade. Smith's were worried about the business and developed the Newton range of Electric delivery vans. They can go up to 50mph and travel around 150 miles between charges. Sainsbury's alone are taking over 1000, so the business was saved for at least another 5 years.
The first of these vehicles is the Faraday mark II, built using the Ford F650 chassis cab
U.S. Department of Energy Awards Smith Electric Vehicles $10 Million Grant for Production of All-Electric, Zero Emissions Commercial Trucks.
Aug 21, 2009; The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation (Smith) a $10 million grant toward the...