Jorge Chapa

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Super Slim Lumeneo Smera EV

by , 06/10/08

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With oil prices at a record high, it comes as no surprise to find alternative vehicles such as the Lumeneo Smera catching the eye of car enthusiasts everywhere. The Smera is a two seat, four wheel electric vehicle that is narrow enough to maneuver as a motorcycle. We’ve heard of small vehicles, but the Smera is taking thin to a new transportation extreme.

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The Smera is 2.4 metres (8 feet) long, and 80 cm (less than 3 feet) wide. It can hit a top speed of 80mph, and will take you 93 miles on one charge. The vehicle is quite narrow, and handles more like a motorcycle than a car, tilting around curves rather than turning. The wheels are powered by dual electric 20hp motors, which according to the manufacturers, will last you for 200,000 km. It is powered by a 144 volt lithium ion battery, which can be charged in a few hours.

It is certainly a small vehicle, and a powerful one for its size. Here’s hoping that this vehicle, which at the moment is but a concept, does make it into production by 2009. The expected cost will be between 20-30,000 Euros.

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12 Comments

  1. ishanaeflint March 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

    A cute lil’CAR

  2. phillov June 18, 2008 at 11:51 am

    a trimagnum cost way less- only a few thousand dollars

  3. phillov June 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

    you can get a darn nice 3-wheeled sports car that goes more than 100 mph for a lot less.

  4. tonyd June 12, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Great Idea.

  5. manujarch June 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Please do update on the pricing. This si gonna be great car.

  6. Ecolocomotion June 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I think EVs are about the only answer to gas right now. Because even if electricity is produced from non renewable sources the emissions produced per mile the vehicle travels are far lower that if the vehicle had been powered by gas. Yes there is requirement for R&D as regards improving battery technology and producing renewable and sustainable sources for producing electricity, and i am confident that this will be in place sooner rather than later.

  7. Clint June 11, 2008 at 11:47 am

    manzanitaz,

    Consider the fact that electric motors are much more energy efficient than internal combustion engines (ICE). So much more efficient, in fact, that it makes all the sense in the world to look at electric transportation as ‘the answer.’ If you do your due diligence on the matter, I’m curtain you’ll agree – even if you never care to admit it ;)

    Take trains for example. What do you think is used as the primary drive-train for locomotives? Diesel engines? No, not really. It’s actually huge electric motor that directly moves the train. In fact, trains don’t use transmissions because an electric motor’s torque is greatest at zero RPMs. And what directly powers the motor is a configuration of batteries and ultra-capacitors. And an on-board diesel engine is used to spin a generator to keep the batteries charged.

    Now, why not just move the train with the diesel engine alone and cut out the middle man (electric motor)? If you allow yourself to think about it, it’s simple. Any ICE, including diesel engines have an optimal RPM, the RPM at which the engine is most efficient. And it’s very inefficient to accelerate and slow down an engine repeatedly as in most cars people drive. So, if the engine is able to be kept at a constant RPM turning a generator that is serving as an on-board power-plant for the electric drive-train (that’s already more efficient than an ICE), then what is achieved is maximum efficiency, which means minimum energy wasted, which in-turn means the least amount of fuel is used to serve the purpose.

    Electric vehicles used as daily commuters will more than likely be powered by the grid, which is primarily juiced by coal, nuclear, etc. But this is still more efficient than using an ICE car. Even more so than a hyped-up hybrid like the Toyota Prius. This means less CO2. And if investments in energy from wind and solar continue to increase, then this will only improve.

    Don’t believe me? Look it up.

  8. manzanitaz June 11, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Until electricity is made from renewable energy instead of coal,nuclear etc, this is a joke.. Electric cars are not the answer unless there\’s a green source of power to charge them..

  9. lodel June 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Looks like the 3-wheeled Piaggio with a roof.

  10. elepski June 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Correct… that law is nationwide. If the vehicle has 4 wheels and can exceed 30 MPH.. it is considered a car and will be classified as such.. including all of the safety standards and crash tests. So we will only see this here if it can pass the tests.. or the law is changed (not likely).

    Other than that.. i like it….

  11. humanbeinghuman June 10, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    from what i understand about the codes here in portland (which is not much) the four wheeled ev’s are limited to 30mph whereas the three wheelers are licensed as motorcycles and don’t have that restriction.

  12. dsiders June 10, 2008 at 8:07 am

    20-30,000 euro’s for, essentially, a motorcycle? Two seats…for you and your cat maybe? Sounds more like a gimmick by another company trying to capitalize on the green movement…

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