What's up with the smart electric car? Is a smart car electric version coming to the U.S.? The electric smart car developments are coming fast and furious these days...
There has been a lot of interest in the U.S. over the past couple of years, as far as electric cars. Gas prices seem to be at a permanent high level, with no real relief in sight. And with disasters like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico during the summer of 2010, more and more of us are realizing how important it is to end our reliance on oil.
By the way, did you ever hear of the documentary movie, Who Killed the Electric Car? No? Well, you're not alone. Most of us who lived outside of California never heard of the movie or were even aware that there WAS an electric car movement in California back in 2006. The official website says:
"The film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions."
It's pretty unbelievable... so when I started to hear so much this year about electric cars, after seeing that movie, I wasn't sure if it is was really going to happen or not. But it is! So, in addition to the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, there will be an electric smart car too.
I'm anticipating that the news buzz around the smart electric car is going to be too big to contain on this one page on the site, so... I created a whole new "minisite" on the electric smart car, complete with several pages of detailed information on the car, as well as frequently updated blog posts about breaking smart car ED news. Check out our new Smart Electric Car minisite NOW!
The smart electric car, also known as the smart ED, is being introduced to the world in three phases. The first was in Europe, which was also the original home of the smart fortwo car. Phase II will include nine major cities in the USA, with 250 smart electric cars available to rent with a 4 year lease at $599/month. The smart car electric version arrives here officially next October 2011 (though samples are already here), and the cities that will kick-off Phase II are:
I might just be moving in with my stepdaughter and her new husband in Austin, so I can get access to a smart ED!
Seriously, though, check with your local smartcenter. They might have an electric smart car for you to test drive. I know one of my closest smartcenters, in Portland, OR, recently emailed me to say they have one available for testing out.
And if you're lucky enough to live in one of those 9 cities above like my stepdaughter? Well, don't get too excited yet... Smart believes about 80% of the Phase II smart electric cars will be leased by businesses that have garages where re-charging stations can be outfitted and will use the smart EDs during the day, recharging at night.
Details haven't been announced yet for rolling out the electric cars nationwide (Phase III), but it's likely that smart USA will use a reservation system similar to what they had back in 2008, when the gas-powered smart fortwos first arrived here in America.
Here are a few quick facts about the Electric Drive smart fortwo car:
Has a top speed of 60mph and a range of 82 miles per full charge.
Time range is 4-5 hours going at average city speeds.
It has 16.5 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.
The motor maxes out at 30 kilowatts, or about 40 horsepower.
At 220 volts, the on board 3.3 kilowatt charger can bring the battery from zero to 100 percent charge in about eight hours.
It can conduct a 20 percent to 80 percent charge in about three and half hours.
Finally, with a regular 110-volt outlet, will need 14 hours to charge from zero to full.
The ED can accelerate as fast as its gas-powered version, going 0 to 40 mph in 6.5 seconds.
Just imagine the possibilities of driving a smart electric car and never needing to fuel up on gasoline... electric smart cars sound like a dream, don't they? But they're not!
Remember, for full details and updates, go to our Electric Smart Car minisite
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