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Smith Electric Vehicles appoints Clem in Spain

Smith Electric Vehicles has appointed Clem as its distributor in Spain for its range of commercial vehicles.

Access rental company Clem, part of the Riwal group - has more than 25 years’ expertise with electric vehicles and is already a distributor for Garia luxury golf carts, Segway and Taylor-Dunn industrial electric vehicles.

Kevin Harkin, sales director for Smith Electric Vehicles said: “Over the past three years one of the highest levels of enquiries we have received from any country came from Spain. This is an extremely important market to us, so it was vital that we found the right partner. Clem has the national sales infrastructure, but more importantly it also has the technical expertise to provide high quality product support to major fleets.”

Based in Valencia, Clem is involved in the sale, rental and maintenance of electric vehicles, forklift trucks and aerial work platforms. The company has 130 employees at 16 locations across Spain, 40 mobile service engineers and an equipment rental fleet of more than 2,000 units.
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Kevin Harkin of SEV with Alejandro and Jose from Clem

Alejandro Sánchez Lupiañez, director of Clem’s ecological division, said: “There is a huge, un-tapped demand for commercial electric vehicles in Spain. Smith Electric Vehicles has proven products that we know will be a perfect fit with our customers’ fleet requirements.”

“Smith produces the Smith Edison light commercial vehicle in 18 configurations of panel van and chassis cab, plus a further six variants of an all-electric minibus,” he said. “All are based on the Ford Transit platform, with a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge, recharge time from as little as three hours and a top speed of 50mph.”

Clem will take delivery of its first Smith unit in early 2011. The first demonstration vehicles will go straight into trials with major fleet operators.

Other distributors recently appointed by Smith Electric Vehicles include Northern Lights Energy in Iceland, ElecTruckCity in France and Electric Vehicles Ireland.