New electric version from Smart

Posted on Sunday, 5 August 2007 , 12:08:07 byEmil

Filed under smartelectriccarhybriddrivespeedgasSmart

New electric version from Smart

Smart is introducing an electric version of the city car although the Smart ForTwo itís economic on fuel. The electric Smart is capable of 69 mph and a 70 mile range, powered by a 41 horsepower electric motor. Thanks to the Smart's low weight, performance is said to be more than acceptable for city driving.
The vehicle is certainly not fast, however, with a 0-60 sprint of 19.8 seconds. The electric Smart charges in about 8 hours and would consume less than $3 worth of electricity. The electric ForTwo itís designed rather for zero emissions, than for performance or high speeds.
Smart is releasing a new piece: the MHD - Micro Hybrid Drive ď the model come with a starter generator that allows the Smart's gas engine to turn off at a complete stop or when speeds drop below 5 mph. Emissions are lower on the MHD model than the Toyota Prius; the MHD Smart achievs 103g/km carbon dioxide. The cleanest internal combustion Smart is still the CDI diesel, which is rated at just 88g/km. The motor starts instantaneously.