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Taking the Smart Fortwo Car for a Test Drive

This city car ups the ante for those to make a statement around

June 9, 2010

I was feeling as a truck cab packed with workers were genuinely as I pulled along side at a red light. One guy gave me a thumbs-up; asked how much my ride for. Then, two lights up the the reaction to my smart fortwo drive car was slightly more

Hey guys, look at that little car, a father to his two small boys as he pointed at my white and green convertible. I smart cars get that a A mix of wonder, excitement and ridicule. in an electric motor is likely to increase all of those reactions.

Smart USA. a subsidiary of Automotive Group. will out 250 EVs in the U.S. beginning in October. small potatoes compared to the Chevy Volt and Nissan plan to produce later year, but Smart is happy niche.

This is a car grounded in said Jill Lajdziak, of smart USA, referring to the smart automobile. The electric car expands on that.

The smart electric drive has a 30 kW electric in the rear of the car and can accelerate as fast as its cousin, or about 0 to 40 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The car holds a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion Motors battery, although Langenbrinck, managing director for said that cars for larger-scale consumer production in will have a different

The car will have a range of 82 miles on a full battery at city speeds, or four to hours. It can charge at a standard 110 but like other electric 220-volt charging is recommended. It 8 hours to get a full charge, but said it could go from 20 to 80 percent in about 2.5 hours at 220

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The car will be released in five this year: Portland, OR; San CA; Orlando, Fla.; Indianapolis, IN. and the corridor from Washington, to Boston. The car, which only be available on lease for per month for 48 months, will go to corporations, while 20 percent go to individuals, who can sign up on a first-come, basis on smart’s web site .

And if one of those eco-trendy individuals looking at you, Leonardo don’t think you’ll in on the $7,500 government tax credits. the car is leased, that discount has been worked into the price, Langenbrinck said.

So, how did it The automated manual transmission smooth around the streets of Earlier models of the gas-powered garnered some complaints of between first and second which engineers went to correct — and I didn’t it at all.

It’s the same size as the smart car so it’s, well, It was zippy and fun on city streets, and if you to get one of the 50 or so cars slated to go to consumers, definitely be the quietest vehicle in (so quiet that even the radio on, you can still hear comments as they point at However, for those who want an vehicle to take out on the open be warned the smart fortwo EV out at about 100 kph, or 60 mph.

Smart, like other vehicle manufacturers, is still through how to help customers the permitting process to get 220-volt in their garages. Permitting is one of the complicated, yet one of the most mundane said Langenbrinck. The company is one of the partners with Coloumb so customers who live in select could get a free charging thanks to a DOE grant.

If you’re for a tiny electric car and you’re not in or near the first few cities the smart fortwo EV will be fear not; phase volume production will in 2012 for the 2013 model

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