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smart fortwo hybrid: Car Maker Goes Green

The hybrid car from smart arrive

in Europe late in powered by a 1.0-

litre coupled to an electric motor

France Micro automaker has embarked upon a new green car revealing a range a zero and low vehicles. Intended to appeal to the growing low emission vehicle segment, smart has outlined new versions of its recognisable Fortwo

Fortwo Petrol Hybrid

Fortwo Diesel Hybrid

Fortwo Pure Electric

At this stage only one is scheduled for production, the Fortwo drive, and is expected to hit dealerships in by the end of 2007 after it rolls off the line in mid October. It is powered by a petrol engine coupled to an motor to boost fuel

The other two models, the Fortwo CDI and the Fortwo Electric are currently evaluated by smart. The diesel is expected to arrive in 2008, and the of the zero emissions pure version depend on how well the hybrid version fairs on the new car chart.

If interest in the Fortwo is strong and sales rise as rolls on, the 100% electric may be fast-tracked to production.

Update. We word from Mercedes Car media spokesman who said customers will get to enjoy the new fortwo range when it is here in the first quarter of year. The full model will be announced closer to its date, along with specifications and pricing.

He added The alternative powertrains from being presented to the press in this week are a strong of the technology smart has been thinking about and capable of

smart Fortwo Hybrid

Expected to be on sale in Europe years end, the hybrid Fortwo hasn’t been a price point yet, but likely add a premium to the standard sticker price.

The hybrid basically adds an electric connected to the axle drive, the battery is housed under the seat and is charged via the motor and by of the braking energy.


As smart the hybrid system’s belt-driven generator switches off the combustion in idling phases, for example at lights or in stop-and-go traffic. In of fuel economy and comfort, the switch off the engine at a speed of 8 km/h when the driver the brake pedal, signalising he or she wants to stop.

Compared to the normal Fortwo the new hybrid drive version an improvement in fuel efficiency of while outputting less emissions. The company explains the of an electric motor and a combustion makes the smart Fortwo more economical and environmentally than ever.

The hybrid has been applied to both the petrol and 0.8-litre (799cc) models and feature 20kW motors that enable and completely emission-free driving in traffic according to smart.

the petrol and electric motors the petrol-powered hybrid vehicle of power, but its fuel consumption makes for a more striking just 4.3 litres of petrol for every 100km travelled, is very efficient. Carbon also dips, from 112 to approximately 103 grams per kilometre to smart.

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When applied to the 0.8-litre mode, the hybrid concept even more effectively.

As as being able to accelerate zero to 100km/h some seconds faster than the smart Fortwo CDI, it lowers fuel usage 3.3 litres to 2.9L/100km, which is Furthermore, carbon dioxide fall from 88 to 77 grams per

According to the smart marque, would make it the most and climate-friendly diesel car when it the streets.

smart Fortwo drive

Though it’s not on any release schedules at this the purely electric smart car is one of the intriguing, due largely to its zero output (unless you consider of the electricity used to charge it, could be coal, nuclear

Powered by a 30kW magnetic that sits at the rear of the Fortwo electric drive, the car is also fairly rapid, to dispatch the zero to 60km/h in just 5.7 seconds. The purely smart’s maximum speed is at 112km/h, and in some countries and the car will benefit from tax

The electric motor’s power from high-temperature battery from what smart to be environmentally compatible materials: According to smart this is in the underbody, ensuring that and cargo space is not compromised.

zero grams of carbon the smart Fortwo Electric could find favour in fleets and also with the number of everyday drivers who to lower their carbon On a full charge, the electric car has a of 115 kilometres, but as the technology and packaging so will the travelling range.

As explains, when the battery is it can be charged at any 230 volt power The European company claims it will last for at least charges, and that the battery last for up to ten years. What when the battery kicks the is not yet known, but a service and replacement is

The battery system takes hours to charge it to 80% capacity and hours to charge it to full which could be done the human sleep cycle.

Fortwo hybrid specifications:

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