Following fast on the heels of the release of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt, Smart has launched its very own electric car. The first electric Smart car was delivered to Mindy Kimball of Silver Spring, Maryland, a longtime supporter of EVs. It was the first of the 250 Smart ForTwo’s that will be launched in the U.S. this year. The EV will have its official release in 2012.
“This is a groundbreaking day for Smart in the United States,” Smart USA President Jill Lajdziak said in a statement. “We are extremely excited to add the Smart Fortwo electric drive to the smart product lineup, solidifying our position as a key player in transportation electrification.”
The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, like its gasoline counterpart, is meant to be an urban car and has a small engine and diminutive size. The car has a range of about 98 miles and it takes about 8 hours for the it to charge on a 220 volt socket. The car can be 80 percent charged in a little over 3 hours.
WHY THIS MATTERS:
Every day we see the political, environmental and social turmoil associated with oil. The shift towards electric vehicles by major auto manufacturers gives us hope that overall trends towards clean energy will continue to permeate the public realm at a consumer level.