AUSTIN, TEXAS - Valence Technology customer Tanfield Group handed over six Smith Newton trucks to six leading U.S. brands, underlining Valence's position as a leader in the supply of lithium phosphate energy storage solutions, according to the company.

At up to 12 tons gross vehicle weight (GVW), the Newton is the largest commercially available electric truck in the world, and its in-service range of up to 150 miles is a testament to the capability of Valence batteries and their associated management and control system.

Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) have become the first customers to take delivery of the Smith Newton truck. In total they have committed to take an initial 30 seed vehicles.

Mark Donaghy, Valence marketing manager, said, "The Smith Newton is an outstanding achievement and we are delighted to be associated with its success in coming to market. We are using the announcement of this significant in-service trials program.