Silver Spring resident leases country& s first electric smart car

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Mindy of Silver Spring turned the in her new car, backed out of her driveway and down the street.

All was quiet for a gentle whirring beneath her When she halted at a stop there was total silence.

It s a smooth ride, Kimball It feels very stable.

The Spring resident was the first in the U.S. to receive an all-electric-drive car, smart USA said.

The vehicle, called smart electric drive, runs on and is charged with a plug to a home outlet she keeps in her The car is roughly 5 feet wide, 9 long and 5 feet tall. USA has leased 250 cars to people the country as part of a limited-release

This is the second phase in s release of the electric car. In its phase, smart released 100 vehicles in England in 2007. second phase focuses on the market, as well as other releasing 1,500 cars and Kimball received her car two weeks

After improvements are made, the generation of the car will be available to the public for purchase in 2012.

a few other companies sell cars in the U.S. Tesla a California-based company, sells an sports car called the Tesla Mitsubishi is set to release an electric car in the U.S. in late 2011 the i MiEV.

The Nissan Leaf, a midsize hatchback electric became available in the U.S. in

Kimball has been interested in an electric car since 2003. She was in Napa Valley, Calif. and on to the electric car trend in the stereotypically state.

Kimball is a major in the Army and from a deployment in Iraq a ago. She moved to Silver with her husband Ray and 8-year-old son after.

Kimball immediately the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Vehicle Association, in which share information about cars. Kimball met representatives smart USA during a club at a smart USA dealership in the fall. talked to representatives at the dealership getting the smart fortwo.

She is a great fit, said Bourgoise, Director of Communications at USA. She is very active in the drive community there in

The two-person car looks like an smart car, with a and passenger seat and a small behind. Kimball s is white and green.

Her car arrived on Jan. 27, one of the season s snow storms. took the car to the Washington Auto that day, but after the of snow piled up on the ground, she her pint-size electric car behind and the Metro home.

The car hooks up to an electric generator to her driveway, which is connected to s house. Kimball charges her car and then drives it to her job in Fairfax, Va. and home again, which is 52 round trip per day. The was installed in Kimball s driveway she received the car.

Coulomb which has set up a network of electric charging stations around the D.C. area, installed the Kimball only had to pay for the installation and the was paid for through a Department of grant.

I feel very about doing whatever I can I can fit into my lifestyle to reduce my Kimball said.

The vehicle can be through the generator or a standard

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Kimball and her husband, Ray Kimball, who is an strategist, try to keep their and life environmentally friendly. The car was just the next step, said.

I m terribly excited it, Ray Kimball said. For me, it s really to see her living out her values and our values.

She can t any detours or unplanned trips, she in case the car runs of out electricity. She travels in the right lane on the too, she said, just in The car slows a bit when it gets the 55 to 60 mph range, she said.

The car can travel 63 to 98 miles before needing to again.

It s fun, Kimball It s really quiet. The first I drove it, I stopped at a stop and I had a little panic attack I thought the car shut off.

Kimball pays $599 per for the car. Her lease lasts years. Once the third is mass released next smart USA will replace her car with the new version with a down payment, Bourgoise Kimball only spends $1 per day on electricity to power the car, she

She used to drive a Chrysler PT which she filled up with gas for $45 a week.


It saves me a trip to the gas Kimball said.

Mindy and Ray that the new car as well as other efforts they make the house will not only the environment, but also instill values in their son. The use energy-conserving light bulbs and strips. They have their attic and basement, as as their chimney.

They show their son how to He even has a remote-control smart car came with Mindy s one. He has taken photos of his mom s car to his class at school.

Living a that is sustainable is really to us, Ray said. It is really neat for her to be to take this big step.

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