Duane Reade is the first US retail pharmacy in New York City to electrify its truck fleet as part of a pilot program with Smith Electric Vehicles. Duane Reade is part of the Walgreens family of companies and the largest drug store chain in NYC.

The vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications that demand heavy stop-and-go driving. Smith Electric medium-duty electric trucks will be included in its delivery fleet.

The “Newton” vehicle has a range that exceeds 100 miles on a single overnight charge and can carry over 16,000 pounds. Its average annual operating cost is 33%-50% of conventional diesel trucks. The electric truck is virtually silent and features a regenerative braking system that reduces wear on the brakes while restoring charge to the battery.

All new and renovated Duane Reade stores have LED lighting, which is reducing power consumption by 40% a year. The efficient lighting allows the stores eliminate energy consumptive air conditioning units, which were previously needed to mitigate the excessive heat produced by traditional light sources.

Other companies in NYC that are buying Smith’s electric trucks include Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and Down East Seafood.