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Smart Charging Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Test Fleet

Smart car gets smarter

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The Car Connection – Mar. 21, 2008

Is a good range, affordable EV finally right around the corner? -- Ed.

The smart brand is still getting started in the United States but David Schembri, smart USA president, told TheCarConnection, during a New York Auto Show interview, that the company hopes to have a small fleet of electric-powered smart fortwo coupes in the U.S. for tests in about one year.

Parent Daimler AG began testing a plug-in-electric version of the smart around London last summer. An electric-powered smart is preferable to a hybrid, added Schembri said, insisting, “Lithium-ion is the way to go.” “An electric vehicle makes more sense than a hybrid,” Schembri added, suggesting that electric vehicles are looking more and more like the wave of the future for carmakers.

Even though Daimler’s first test of a plug-in smart used a different battery technology, Schembri indicated the U.S. test-fleet will be powered by the new lithium-ion batteries that Daimler plans to introduce in a hybrid version of the big Mercedes-Benz S-Class due out next year.
Meanwhile, Schembri said the launch of the conventional, gas-powered smart fortwo is well under way in the U.S., initial “hand-raisers” very willing to stand by their original deposits, which in most cases, were placed months ago.

Roger Penske, chairman of the Penske Automotive Group, said during a conference call with analysts last month that smart USA’s 68 dealerships should wholesale between 20,000 and 25,000 vehicles this year, provided it can get enough vehicles.

“We’re really excited about the smart business. We think it’s the right car at the right time,” said Penske, adding he was pressing Daimler AG for more vehicles. “This car has been a great success worldwide,” he said, adding that, “We are encouraged by the positive...[Read More]
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Nice! I can think of few platforms better suited to an electric drivetrain, maybe with a range-extender hybrid system. It even looks like it should be an electric car!
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Now that is something that would be awesome.

Imagine this: The two car family. One car all electric with 50-75 miles range. The other car a high mileage highway car.

Say goodbye to the oil addiction.

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I saw my first Smart fortwo on a Dallas street this morning. It was quite odd looking travelling next to those giant SUVs. I still regret the U.S. version does not get the European diesel.
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Another interesting Smart article: http://biz.yahoo.com/wallstreet/0803...5_id.html?.v=1
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