Smart car mia culpa

Boy did I have it wrong! Smart car smarter than I thought.

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I just got done musing that 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres was somewhere close to the smart car’s specs…   I want you to know its not even close.  If I’m reading a press release I have in front of me correctly, and by evidenced, I don’t always do that, the smart car (cdi) comes in at 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres.  More to come later.

Patrick

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Smart Car creator Daimler AG announces new battery tech for 2008 Geneva Auto Show

New battery technology is holy grail of many car companies

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Stuttgart, Mar 04, 2008

A news release from Daimler AG, the same company that brings you Mecedes and Chryslers and our little friend, the smart car, will be displaying some new technology at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.  Among the technologies that they will be displaying is;

As a world first, the Stuttgart company has succeeded in developing the lithium-ion technology so far used mainly in the consumer electronics sector to a stage where the high demands of the automotive industry are met. The new battery technologywill first enter series production in the S 400 BlueHYBRID in the coming year.

and they mention a that the engine in the BlueHYBRID is going to be a 2.2 litre 4-cylinder and that;

fuel consumption is further reduced to

just 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

Just for the record books, I’m thinking that is in-line with the standard gasoline-powered smart car but in a compact SUV.  I hope GM has something like this up their sleeve.

I need to be able to easily convert these comsumption figures into miles per gallon to wrap my mind around them.  Does anyone have a formula for this? 

Patrick

This type of competition we can afford

What in the world is APTWEH?

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When I made mention of the Aptera aptera_400x180.jpg in Everyone has a Prediction and suggested that

“the American muscle cars of New Millineum, the high-mpg, high-performance (Got to get on that highway!), high-capacity automobiles.”  

was going to be America’s new export over the next 10 years,  I didn’t know about Jacob Gordon.  I’d been following the same trail he navigated but didn’t know it.

Since the beginning of January, when I started “A Mind’s Diet”, I have started to read some of his submissions to MSN.com and Jacob has come up with some very good ones.  My favorites include those I’ve listed below.  His latest ,

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’ 

At 150-miles-per-gallon, the Loremo wants to show how far a diesel can go.

introduces a car that I believe Americans will covet.  If not the car, the principles of Affordable,  Personal Transportation With Extreme High-mileage OR (APTWEH pronounced “apt’ way”)    The story represents the introduction to me and my readers, of another APTWEH. 

The stories by Jacob Gordon have been chosen here to illustrate a pattern here that will see the United States into change that is happening throughout our  society. 

It isn’t that society has changed so much but that capitalism has finally caught up to the transportation designers.  Especially visible in the car industry, this change is slowly rearing it’s head in other industries like aviation and railroads.  As we progress further into this change will this type of vehicle become the norm rather than an oddity?  Read Jacob’s stories below and then you tell me.

Project ‘X’ Cars

Aptera: The ‘Wingless Bird’

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’

Patrick

 Ref: Jacob Gordon is a freelance writer, a blogger for TreeHugger.com, and producer of TreeHugger Radio. He can be reached at jacob@treehugger.com.

smart car Fortwo Hybrid: Our little friend – Take two

Another feather in the smart car Fortwo cap

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smart Fortwo Micro Hybrid 461200_785466_2126_1524_93717005c3993_50_320x240.jpg554691_979712_4992_3328_07c2015_003_320x240.jpg
Photos compliments of Diamler Chrysler Media Dept.

The smart car, smart Fortwo hybrid by Diamler Chrysler AG has another feather in its cap.  Here is the press release from Diamler Chrysler AG dated February 6, 2008. Continue reading

Smart Car Fortwo: A well-written review

Smart Car – Finally an objective review

 Patrick Lalande on WordPress

607752_1080896_5440_4080_556921_984153_320x240.jpg  Tom Wilson really seems to know just what we, the American Consumer, really want to know about the smart car.  His review experience reminds me of a MGB I used to have.  It was a great car, but not for everyone.  If you are following our little friend’s American debut you may want to…

…read

*A Smart Choice — For Some

By Tom Wilson

*Editor’s note:  As fast moving as the world is these days, its not unusual to find a blogged article moved for one reason or another.  But, the end of February and Tom or his article doesn’t link up…I hope to run into him again one day.  I’m leaving the post up.  You never know what might turn up.

Just the article to add perspective and clarity to the discussion.

Patrick

Smart Car Fortwo mpd=12

Smart Fortwo getting Buzz

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smart fortwo cdi, exterior

Now that the smart Fortwo is here in America, the public is going to start analyzing it based on their needs and desires.   Continue reading