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

Smart Car Test Drive Scarcity

Smart Car test drive offer may generate more interest than “Dan’s Bake Sale”

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Smart Car Fortwo  Smart cars are hard to come by.  From all indications test drives are too.  There is a long waiting list for the car. 

I cruised by a local dealership and didn’t see one car on the lot… I’ll keep checking. 

In the meantime, although too far away for me to partake, a Chattanooga, TN car dealer is going to have a test drive day.  If you’re interested, the article link is below.  

Test Drive the Smart Car for One Day Only in Chattanooga 

This event may have more interest than “Dan’s Bake Sale”, Continue reading

One short observation about the smart car, the ForTwo

607752_1080896_5440_4080_556921_984153_320x240.jpg I wish I’d said that! 

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Unparalleled Parking

AUTO DEALER HERB CHAMBERS GETS US UP TO SPEED ON THE DIMINUTIVE SMART CAR, WHICH ARRIVED IN THE AREA LAST MONTH.

My favorite line explained how I felt when I first saw the car.

What’s your favorite thing about these cars?

Their appearance. They’re just so cute, you want to take the car home. It’s like seeing a puppy in the window of a pet shop.

So, is that how you feel about it?

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 – Smart Safety: Fortwo rocks!

“Smart things come in small packages”

or

“Safe things come in smart packages”.

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It use to be said, “Good things come in small packages”.  Now, perhaps that phrase should be something like the above sub-titles. 

I have been asked how safe I thought the Smart Car would be in an accident.  Although I have had small cars since I started driving, I have never really felt safe in them.  This may stem from totalling my first car, an “70” MGB, after having it for only two months.  I wasn’t my fault, I swear.  Nevertheless, the car crumpled like a piece of paper while the other car remained nearly undamaged until the drive panicked and rolled into a ditch.

I also crash-tested a Chevy Chevette and a Chevy Metro.  And, I am now working diligently on testing a Chevy Aveo.  I would dare to say that I’d feel as safe or safer in the smart Fortwo.  Continue reading

smart car Fortwo Hybrid: Our little friend – Take two

Another feather in the smart car Fortwo cap

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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