Two British companies are testing an electric truck that has a payload of two tons. Built by Smith Electric Vehicles, the truck is called the "Newton" and is powered by four large 278-volt batteries. The Newton is exempt from London's congestion charge and could save the companies about $3,300 a year in fees. Electricity costs would be about one-fourth the fuel costs. Shown above is the Smith Faraday, which can handle payloads up to 4 tons. If the test is successful, the companies will consider adding 200 more zero-emission vehicles.


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