Smith Electric Vehicles (also known as Smith's) is a manufacturer of electric commercial vehicles; battery-powered vans, and trucks.
In 2011 after its United States subsidiary bought its European parent for $15 million it is based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Founded in 1920 in North East England, it now produces the largest range of commercial electric vehicles in the world, with Gross Vehicle Weights (GVWs) from 3,500 kg – 12,000 kg.
It was formerly based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, Smith produces vehicles for the UK and exports to South-East Asia, Europe and Scandinavia. It was formerly part of The Tanfield Group Plc, which trades on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
Tanfield established a separate company, Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp (SEV US Corp) in 2009 to penetrate the North American market. A Delaware corporation, Its headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri. The United States company in March 2010 indicated it wanted to buy out the UK company.
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