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Smart to Reveal ‘For-US’ Ultra Compact Electric Pickup Truck at the Detroit Auto Show

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On January 8, 2012 @ 1:09 pm In automotive,Detroit Auto Show,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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Mercedes-Benz-owned Smart [1] has announced plans to unveil an ultra-compact plug-in electric pickup truck called the For-US [2] at the Detroit auto show [3] next week. The vehicle will use the same platform as a Smart car [4], but only seat two people and offer cargo in back. The pickup will also feature a docking station for two E-bikes in back, so the driver can charge his electric bikes while traveling to or from a ride. All we know so far is that the electric motor has 74 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque, equivalent to the upper end of Smart’s gas-powered engines, which is enough power to get from Point A to Point B, but definitely not the sort of pull you need to tow things.

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We know that Detroit is often the place to show-case pickup trucks, and that auto shows have been getting greener with more electric drivetrains [5] and city cars [6], but we’re not so sure a blue-collar, hard-working city in the grips of January winter weather is the place to get respect for a cute ute like this. We do like the idea of extending the range of an electric vehicle by using on-board bikes once you reach your city center destination, but how much does the weight of the bikes reduce the range of the electric truck?

+ Smart USA [1]

Via The Sydney Morning Herald [7]


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[1] Smart: http://www.smartusa.com

[2] For-US: http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/benzs-smart-new-city-ute-20111207-1oiqn.html

[3] Detroit auto show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=detroit+auto+show

[4] Smart car: http://inhabitat.com/artist-sarah-illenberger-creates-pixelated-cardboard-smart-car/

[5] electric drivetrains: http://inhabitat.com/honda-unveils-its-futuristic-ev-ster-mini-convertible-at-the-tokyo-auto-show/

[6] city cars: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=city+car

[7] The Sydney Morning Herald: http://smh.drive.com.au/photogallery/2012--smart-forus-concept-20111207-1oiqh.html?selectedImage=0

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