Electric drive seems to be a big thing in Santa Monica, California. Drive around town for a while and you will likely see more Tesla Roadsters running around than anywhere else in the world. Now, the city itself is getting in on the act by placing the first order for a medium duty truck from ZeroTruck. The new truck will be used by the city water department as a service vehicle.
Electrorides claims the ZeroTruck will deliver a 100-mile range from its lithium ion battery pack. Drive comes from a UQM PowerPhase 100 motor. The ZeroTruck is based on an Isuzu N series cab-forward chassis. So far, there is no indication of how much the city is paying for this first truck or when it will take delivery. Fleet service applications like this are the ideal first jobs for electrification, since the limited range should be far less of an issue. The truck could even be plugged in while on a job site to help top-off the battery. For more on the truck, read this.