November 2004 San Francisco Autoshow ZAP with Smart Car and …

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November 2004, San Francisco — ZAP with Smart and Code Pink climbing on

What am I doing going to an show? Aren’t the typical show for gas guzzling gearheads? Yup are, as this altar to the Internal Combustion Engine

But this time I went for two First, ZAP promised to unveil Americanized SMART CAR to the public. I to touch it, see it for myself, and talk them about a theory of I believe they’re planning to do, but on that later. Second, I to look at the hybrid vehicles, the Ford Escape.

Lastly, I to do a bit to document the state of affairs in and the limited choice consumers in the type of vehicles available to


(A note to modern readers this posting was written in ZAP was about to embark on an ill-fated in importing SMART cars to the etc..)

Let’s start the last first. You may think a huge choice in vehicles, all there are several car makers making a whole wide of vehicles. But, you know

Your choice is limited in one way. The vehicles you can buy will be, no allowed, burning some of liquid derived from oil created several million ago. Think about it, can you buy an vehicle today? Before you say let me remind you that the electricity in the hybrids to drive the electric comes from gasoline, and of these hybrids allow you to in the battery pack to charge it of the gasoline.

The only real is if you beg hard enough you can find one of the few that burn natural big whoop. Otherwise your is one of two poisins: Gasoline or Diesel.

And I do own a gasoline burning car. I am the best I can to limit my use of it, but I’m in the vehicles I can buy on the market and as a result am to build an electric motorcycle. In the I have an electric bicycle, and sizes of electric scooter, and I use as much as I am able.

Now that I’ve established my of view, let’s begin about the show.

First, the overwhelming majority of the vehicles gasoline burning. The SUV is still strongly as if the $2.30 per gallon we pay for is illusory, the $50 per barrel of oil is temporary, and the invasion of Iraq was soley to the Iraqi’s from their dictator. Let me say that the American are in denial, and I do not mean the River in

The few, the proud, the Hybrids

The and almost only, hybrid I was the Ford Escape. This is an not the humongous sized SUV like the (a car so big it’s a major expidition to go one end to the other) and not as small as my SUV (a Chevy but somewhere in the middle. It gets 36 on the highway, which is awfully good.

That’s better my Tracker (28mpg), which chosen largely because of high gasoline mileage.

gandering at the Escape I was approached by a crew. Two guys, one with a the other with a camera. The guy asked if they could with me, I said yes though I sure who they were and how what I had to say would be accepted.

we started in with the questions and They turned out to be with a news station, and I’m what I had to say will be on the TV show but let me share with you approximately I had to say:

What are you looking Well, I’m most in the hybrid vehicles. I’d be interested in a proper electric and I already own a few small ones.

The EPA recently declared Ford has the gasoline mileage of them what do you think of that? I don’t know that for as I’ve not looked at the numbers. But if that’s very alarming.

Why It’s clear that war in Iraq is about the oil more anything. The more oil we as a country the more desparately we need to do like invade Iraq.

the most important thing we, can do? Remember the 1970’s and the oil problems (I saw the cameraman nodding in agreement his at this point) Think how in 1970 the U.S. imported 35% of its oil, and today the U.S. around 60%. The more oil we the higher that percentage is, the control OPEC has over country.

I saw few of the other hybrids I know are on the market. The only hybrid vehicle present was the Accord Hybrid. All I could of seeing the Accord Hybrid was an from Honda back they made an EV.

A car with a sounds like a Honda

Get it? A Cord? Okay, maybe more of an example of the lame that went into the big car abysmal attempt at selling vehicles.

In any case, where was the Prius, the Honda Insight, the Civic Hybrid and the other This is the San Francisco Bay Area, more tree hugging crunchers (or so the stereotype goes) per mile than anywhere You’d think the local would want to see some friendly cars? And therefore the car companies might have a as to who the local market is, and bring out ecologically friendly cars?

The singular, the prouder, the Electric

I wanted to see ZAP? You might or not know that the companies is an acronym, that means Air Pollution . The company Chairman, Starr, had formerly run an Electric Car (Solar Electric, which became US Electricar), and the company over the years, sold a of small EV’s. More they’ve been pursuing a of selling a line of NEV’s, up a dealership network to sell Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

The most interesting thing is two moves. First they completed the americanization of the SMART and are now selling them in the United This is a tiny two-seater car gets 60 miles per gallon and is popular in Europe. But it hasn’t imported to the U.S. presumably we’re too wedded to SUV’s and the car just is completely the opposite of an

The second recent move is an in a Chinese company that lithium batteries.

I saw these two and put a couple thoughts together. they have a car that is DOT tested and approved for highway If they can import a glider version of that car, it easily be electrified, and with the energy density of lithium they could have a 300 (maybe) range.

This is the I wanted to verify with the whether that’s their or not.

I am happy to report is exactly their intent. I with two company executives, one at and learned that their are to be selling an electric SMART (a maybe?) in 2-3 years. In the meantime are looking to build their network, and rebuild the company were on the brink of bankruptcy a years ago).

With a network and with a strengthened they should be able to a significant play to get electric onto the market.

I’ve learned that the importation and is being done by GK Auto ). a company that specializes in work. What’s happening is a GK representative, Thomas Heidemann, has Smart Automobiles LLC, and is SMART cars at retail in and then importing them to the GK then does the conversion and provides these SMART’s to dealer network (if ZAP’s network ever gets (more details here )

Wasn’t there an incident a few ago of some SUV’s being by a tree falling in the forest? advertisement turns that on its head, with a SMART in that situation surviving while the SUV’s get crushed.

last is a picture of their recent Personal Electric the Zappy3. The original Zappy was a hit on the which ZAP then flubbed they went to mass Nowadays ZAP is no longer in the business of their own vehicles, but buying from others, sticking branding on it, and selling the result.

The is one of these, and in this vehicle are trying to ride Segway’s

It’s a fun scooter, but it’s no It has a very small turning but it’s no Segway. It also $4000 less than the as they repeatedly pointed

The Mini

The next car I want to is The Mini. While it’s a burning car, the Mini what ZAP could do with the car.

The Mini and the SMART are about the same size. both were designed for the market, a region where prices are not kept artificially low by the and a region with highly urban areas in which cars fit much better do enourmous SUV’s.

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The Mini has very popular with calling them cute The fact is, the Mini is only 2-3 longer than the SMART (I This says that the right marketing, the SMART sell as well as the Mini.

about the Mini, it is truly an car. It represents everything my says would be a move sustainability, while still an automobile. Its small size a small amount of material to build it.

The small size also result in very gas mileage. And it is cute, and no doubt fun to

The Hummer, and the protesters

The last thing I saw at the show was the exhibit. This car represents unsustainable thing you could of about the modern vehicles in It is tremendously big, very gas mileage, and uses several of material to build.

What me there was the protesters. From off in the I heard some raised and overheard someone talking people on top of the cars. Ambling that way it came clear people were on top of the HUMMER’s, some slogans.

I began to out Hybrids not Hummers and other Breaking into a faster this is what I saw:

I learned is that Medea Code Pink, and The Raging had teamed up to wage protest the HUMMER’s. The crowd, as you might of HUMMER oglers, did not appreciate message being shoved their faces.

Pretty after I arrived, they forced to leave the exhibit and out of the Moscone center by both Guards and a San Francisco policeman.

I them outside, remembering the day in 2003 when I found watching a group of demonstrators arrested. This time, as I felt compelled to observe as a against things turning Fortunately Medea Benjamin and the were careful to stay engrangeful acts, and everything was peacefully.

This was the closest was to any force employed by the policeman I don’t remember why he had his hand on the arm, but he did. This was an point in the negotiations that for some of the people were to claim police brutality.

I thought the police officer and guards were very while at the same time arrest.

UPDATE: I see the above actually records the incident supported what they going to claim as police It’s a fine line of setting to be sure, but they saying hey, wait a didn’t the police officer put his on my arm, isn’t that the line, isn’t that police brutality unless is cause for the officer to touch me . there you see the officer’s hand on one arm. Hmm. Looks so doesn’t it, or does it look the officer was about the wrest her to the

That’s not what happened but if it had sure I’d have had interesting pictures to follow

Here the protesters said if you’re going to arrest us, get on with it and sat down as a group in the non-violence manner.

Being down by officialdom.

Raging a Palo Alto based had a few representatives in the group.

In the background you see Benjamin negotiating with a representative. The main claim had was damage to the vehicle they on while protesting. They claimed that forcing to climb down from the was for safety, though that explain why they were to leave the building.

Well, than the obvious that Gas-Guzzling is Un-Patriotic is not compatible the sales of gas-guzzling vehicles.

As if 100-pound skinny people or not) could hurt a

Interestingly, a couple days this I learned of a Defense project to design a hybrid-electric This is the military version, the rather than the civilian Still, the Defense Department the quietness and low heat-profile of an electric vehicle.

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