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Testing The Smart Electric It’s Really Tempting.

Credit Martin Paquet

The Electric Car is being launched in but 1500 of them have released around the world for 15 were allotted to Toronto, where Smart Canada, the electrical distribution utility Hydro, and Pollution Probe, people to apply to become and lease the cars for four I have always been by the Smart Car, and after and interviews was accepted.

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It’s All the Infrastructure

The chosen few were to an introductory event at the Toronto showroom; It was a fascinating evening, we learned that it is not just testing the cars, but about the about how the utility will what it will do to their Raymond Chokelal of Toronto pointed out that electric have been around for a even to the moon, but if you don’t a support infrastructure then it going to get very far.

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The utility to know how the car is used, where and it is charged up, how it affects the grid and loading profiles. To do so, they are separate electrical services and meters so that they can see what we can put into the car, and

Range Anxiety

Raymond the charging station. These be installed in every participant’s or parking spot, and are opened by a card that identifies the A few have been installed the city, but not enough for us to avoid a about range anxiety, or the that we might run out of juice nowhere to fill up.

It is more than real in many Tom Odell of Hydro told the of drivers in Tokyo, who were their electric cars, going more than 60% of range. So charging stations installed in the suburbs, where the said they wanted to go; they were installed the happily drove greater and never used the new charging

I have always been by the Smart Car because it is such a bit of design. Mercedes really back to first principles, that most trips one or two people, so they designed it a cabin that could almost anyone (tall fit in easily), and just lopped off else.

The electric smart car the gas tank that is under the with a bank of lithium ion that can drive the car for about 135 km (84 under optimum conditions, at a max of 100 (62 MPH, limited by governor). If you on the heater in winter or the AC in summer, drops considerably. I asked if it make it to Guelph, 90 km away; Director Richard Trevisan me, only if I wear a warm and turn off the heat.


Melissa DeYoung of Pollution picked an interesting group of all kinds of ideas were round the table about how to with various problems and How about tying into a car program, so that for those where you do have to go over you can exchange cars? Let’s set up a and share addresses, so that we can at each other’s houses!

It seemed that we were our own little social network as we sat round the table.

It was then for a test drive; Martin of Smart accompanied me and held my The car is a lot of fun to drive, really comfortable, on a dime. It is also a bit strange; at stop sign I was sure I stalled. But it had more than zip; it is the perfect little or city car.

In the video, Martin explains how the works, how the car actually feels than the gas version because of the of the batteries.

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Bill Tharp of the Change Infrastructure Corporation has driving the Smart Electric December, and told us of his experience it. He was asked about the lack of an issue we have discussed on before. He says it is a problem at that a woman stepped out in of him without looking and he was terrified braked in time).

But he noted as a driver you adapt, you look out for and try and anticipate what they are to do. It becomes habit. He also that in this age of iPods, drivers of regular cars to do the same.

I have been dismissive of cars in the past, claiming they essentially run on coal. (In my Seven Lessons From Livermore Laboratory’s Energy Use I suggested that in fact to electric cars may only our problems. Pollution Probe’s Bob makes a pretty convincing that at least in Ontario, where we are weaning ourselves off this is certainly not the case.

So I Lease It?

So it is such a cute thing, who couldn’t love face? And it is such an interesting Hydro pays for the electricity, gives four years of to bumper service and support, changing the tires for winter. than the (not inconsiderable) of the lease, it is worry and expense

But electric cars are not for everyone; I from home and don’t I ride my bicycle year and believe bikes to be an even low emission vehicle. The only I really use my Toyota Echo is to those 100K and longer out of town.

We support our local retailers and do of our shopping on foot. I just think I fit the profile where it sense.

But I am an incorrigible early and will spend the weekend about it.

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