The Smart EV is
designed to bring a breath of fresh air to the streets. Itís the
natural product of smartís unswerving commitment to the environment and
innovation and not to mention fun. It isnít available to buy just yet,
but it isnít a million miles off.
Think of a fortwo. Then think of an electric socket concealed behind
what used to be the fuel cap. Picture the complete absence of exhaust
fumes, so no CO2 emissions from the rear. Close your eyes and hearÖ no
sound at all coming from the engine. Imagine no engine oil, no road tax,
and no London congestion charge and youíll start to get a sense of what
really makes the new smart ev tick.
Powered solely by electricity, the smart ev can achieve the equivalent
of 300 mpg Ė that amounts to a saving of up to 80% in fuel costs over
the already highly economical smart fortwo. The ev can travel up to 71
miles between charges, which typically take around 5 hours, ideal for
charging at work between your morning and evening commutes.
The first 200 smart evís are being leased exclusively to blue chip
companies who are happy to meet smart's requirements to power the cars
using only renewable energy sources.
Whatís more, the ev hasnít had to sacrifice any of the fortwoís
performance or class-leading equipment: expect the full complement of
Mercedes-Benz safety features and a top speed of 70 mph courtesy of a
powerful Zytek electric motor. Once itís up to speed (0-30mph in an
impressive 6.5 seconds) the ev uses its tiny weight gain to deliver an
exciting and stable drive.
So there you have it: a zero emission vehicle that is 100% smart; a car
that will save money and the environment. Although the smart ev
wonít be available to the public just yet, itís definitely something
smart are working on.
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