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

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