Duane Reade announced yesterday a partnership with Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer, Smith Electric Vehicles. This pilot program makes Duane Reade the first U.S. retail pharmacy to adopt vehicle electrification for delivery vehicles.
Smith EV’s Newton has a 100 mile range, is very quiet, has a regenerative braking system to recover energy while driving, carries a payload of 16,000 lbs (8 tons), and has an operating cost one-third to one-half that of conventional diesel trucks. These features make it a compelling choice for delivery operations in dense urban centers, like New York City.
Paul Tiberio, SVP Merchandising & Chief Marketing Officer of Duane Reade, commented, “In having a significant part of our retail foundation within the most dynamic urban center in the world, we want to do our part to conserve energy across all areas of operation by lowering our carbon footprint in addition to creatively integrating low-energy output solutions within Duane Reade stores. We are excited to partner with Smith Electric Vehicles and are confident the investments we are making today are not only good for the environment, but they also work to increase our business efficiency.”
Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles, commented, “We welcome Duane Reade as the first retail pharmacy in the United States that has chosen fleet electrification as a viable economic option that also advances its sustainability goals. Duane Reade is joining a growing family of Smith vehicles in New York City that includes Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and Down East Seafood. We’re pleased to join Duane Reade in improving its bottom line while making the Big Apple cleaner and quieter.”
Smith has been chosen by many organizations for electric truck solutions:-
- (Dec 15, 2010) Smith Electric Vehicles selling electric trucks to the U.S. Marines
- (Sep 12, 2010) Frito-Lay joins ‘charge’ towards electric delivery trucks with trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles
- (Aug 2010) Smith Electric Vehicles making deals leading ramped up production
The company originated in England and has a long history in making electric trucks, including the famous milk float’s that delivered milk in England for decades. In recent years they moved to the US with a factory in Kansas City. They specialize in manufacturing zero-emission commercial trucks which they claim are a superior alternative to diesel trucks due to higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.
Duane Reade and Smith Electric Vehicles Partner to Bring All-Electric Delivery Vehicles to New York’s Streets