New electric smart fortwo is ready to revolutionize car-sharing

August 31, 2017 by  
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Smart is planning to transition its small lineup of tiny cars to fully electric powertrains – in the not-too-distant future. The company has unveiled a preview of what the future smart fortwo could look like and how it could forever change the world of car-sharing. At first glance, the smart vision EQ fortwo concept looks like a more modern take on the current fortwo, but there’s more than meets the eye here. The EQ fortwo concept is smart’s vision of a future in which autonomous cars can improve the car-sharing experience in urban cities. Currently the car2go car-sharing service uses the smart fortwo, with over 2.6 million users worldwide. The vision EQ fortwo concept would build on this, since users wouldn’t have to search for a car or find a place to park it after they reach their destination. Instead, users summon the vision EQ fortwo, just like when they would request an Uber or Lyft ride. The vision EQ fortwo then drives autonomously to the pick up point and once the user reaches the destination the concept moves on its own to pick up the next user. It never actually parks on the street, like car2go , which will help reduce the amount of needed parking spaces. Related: From now on all Smart cars in North America will be electric On the outside, the smart vision EQ fortwo concept’s exterior communicates with users and pedestrians through a Black Panel Grille and LED displays, which replace traditional headlights and taillights. If the car is unoccupied, information about local events, the weather, news or the time can be displayed. The smart’s Black Panel Grille indicates whether the car is occupied by one or by two passengers. The smart vision EQ fortwo concept is powered by a 30 kWh battery. When its battery is depleted, it can automatically drive to a charging point to recharge its battery pack . Smart will debut the vision EQ fortwo concept next month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. + smart Images @smart

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2016 Smart Fortwo is a tiny, super-smart city car with lots of legroom

April 1, 2015 by  
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The small Smart Fortwo is one of the best cars you can buy if you live in a tight urban space, like San Francisco or New York. Now it’s even better, since Smart just unveiled the all-new 2016 Fortwo at the New York International Auto Show . Even with its small footprint, the new Smart Fortwo offers more space and more equipment than ever before. Read the rest of 2016 Smart Fortwo is a tiny, super-smart city car with lots of legroom Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 New York Auto Show , 2016 Fortwo , 2016 Smart , 2016 Smart Fortwo , green car , green transportation , Smart , Smart ForTwo , urban mobility

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

April 1, 2015 by  
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The U.S. State Department has formally announced an ambitious plan to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The new target has been submitted as part of efforts to secure an international agreement on slowing the emissions that contribute to climate change, an agreement that will be finalized at UN talks in Paris this December . Read the rest of U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , china emissions cuts , Climate Change , climate talks , global warming , greenhouse gas , Intended Nationally Determined Contribution , paris climate talks , peak emissions , president obama , unfccc , United Nations , United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , us state department

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2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Will Be the Most Affordable EV in the U.S.

October 4, 2012 by  
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When the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive arrives in showrooms next spring it will be the most affordable electric vehicle available in the U.S. Smart USA has just announced that the ForTwo Electric Drive will start at $25,000 before any of the available federal and state tax credits are applied. After the $7,500 federal tax credit the price of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive drops down to $17,500. “A signature characteristic of the Smart brand is its commitment not only to being green but to making people think differently about it,” said Tracey Matura, general manager of smart . “Green can be fun. Green can be affordable. And a lot of us don’t really need a four-seater, or at least not for every trip. Smart is about rightsizing for your transportation needs and also for your wallet.” Based on the Smart ForTwo , the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is powered by a 73 horsepower electric motor with a driving range around 87 miles. Smart also states that it will take up to 7 hours to fully recharge the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive using a 240-volt charging station. Smart will also offer a cabriolet version of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive that will start at $28,000. + Smart USA

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When the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive arrives in showrooms next spring it will be the most affordable electric vehicle available in the U.S. Smart USA has just announced that the ForTwo Electric Drive will start at $25,000 before any of the available federal and state tax credits are applied. After the $7,500 federal tax credit the price of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive drops down to $17,500. “A signature characteristic of the Smart brand is its commitment not only to being green but to making people think differently about it,” said Tracey Matura, general manager of smart . “Green can be fun. Green can be affordable. And a lot of us don’t really need a four-seater, or at least not for every trip. Smart is about rightsizing for your transportation needs and also for your wallet.” Based on the Smart ForTwo , the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is powered by a 73 horsepower electric motor with a driving range around 87 miles. Smart also states that it will take up to 7 hours to fully recharge the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive using a 240-volt charging station. Smart will also offer a cabriolet version of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive that will start at $28,000. + Smart USA

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Colorful Flatpack Jigsaw Puzzle Turns into a Giant ‘House of Flags’ in London

October 4, 2012 by  
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Smart Forstars EV Concept is a Movie Projector on Wheels

September 17, 2012 by  
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Smart is giving the world a preview of its future with the Smart Forstars concept that will debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show . Smart describes the electrically driven Forstars concept as a Sports Utility Coupe (SUC). With room for two passengers, more cargo space than the Smart ForTwo and a cool movie projector mounted on the front, the Forstars concept brings an added level of fun to the Smart brand. Read the rest of Smart Forstars EV Concept is a Movie Projector on Wheels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 Paris Motor Show , concept electric vehicle , electric car , electric motor , green car , green transportation , personal electric vehicle , Smart , smart forstars concept , Smart ForTwo

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Turkish Students Design dualWash, a Waterless Dishwasher That Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet

September 17, 2012 by  
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A team of industrial design students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, has developed an ingenious design for a bipartite, or two-compartment, waterless dishwasher that is wall-mounted and doubles as a kitchen cabinet. Called dualWash, the dishwasher uses supercritical carbon dioxide for cleaning rather than water. Read the rest of Turkish Students Design dualWash, a Waterless Dishwasher That Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Altun , b/s/h/ , bipartite , bosch , cabinet , dishwasher , dualwash , green design , green kitchen , green products , METU , Profilo , Sancar , simsek , sustainable design , tuna , turkey

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Green vehicles designed especially for eco nerds

September 10, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya Mandal: Electric vehicles Electric vehicles designed especially for car sharing programs Beyond the capacity of Euro 5 regulations concerning internal combustion engines, and even bettering the criteria posed by hybrid cars – there is a fundamentally green force in our automotive sector that holds the sustainable key to the future. We are talking about the cars endowed with zero tail pipe emissions; our very own electric vehicles. They have the potentiality to transform not only the inner working strategies of the automotive industry, but also to reach out to a wider customer base. Here is a list of ten such eco friendly rides that have been designed to tickle the senses of all eco nerds. 1. Cadillac ELR – New GM Electric Car Cadillac ELR Cadillac ELR – New GM Electric Car Following in the footstep of its bantam cousin Chevrolet Volt, General Motors have now unveiled the Cadillac ELR. It will adopt the similar electrical setup of Volt, albeit with a more powerful engine to complement the power driving. The electric drive-train can extend the range of the car to around 40 miles (64 km). Moreover, the in-built petrol engine mechanism will dually act as an electric generator. 2. Ford Focus Electric Ford Focus Electric MyFord Touch mount system designed specifically for electric cars Making its presence felt at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, this five door hatchback will be powered by a 100 kW electric motor connected to a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The setup is touted to produce 130-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Being Ford’s very first all-electric vehicle, the performance specs have surely not been sacrificed in favor of the curvaceous look. It has a substantial range of around 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge, with a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h). 3. Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo ED Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo ED Of course, we always associate the Mercedes with their classy yet sturdy drives. But the Smart owned by Daimler provides us a glimpse into the renowned German automaker’s green credentials. The third generation of Smart Fortwo ED (electric drive) will have a more powerful 55 kW (73 hp) electric motor, which can push the top speed of the vehicle to 120 km/h with a range extension to 140 km. The acceleration according to test results shows 0 to 60 km/h in 5 seconds, while the 0 to100 km/h romp takes less than 13 seconds. 4. Honda Fit EV Honda Fit EV Lithium-ion battery pack Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2010, Honda Fit EV certainly promises a lot of performance goodies, expected from Japan’s second largest automaker. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack will allow a range of up to 100 miles (160 km) and a top speed of 90 mph (144 km/hr). Moreover, Honda also plans on launching a more powerful hybrid version of Fit with a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack along with a 120-kw electric drive motor. 5. Toyota RAV4 EV Toyota RAV4 EV RAV4?s will use Tesla’s liquid cooled lithium ion battery The 90’s RAV4 EV is all set get a new leash of life, and this time the renowned Toyota is working along with the exalted Tesla to produce this revamped version. Though we are short on details about the specs, but both of the companies estimate this ‘bound to be’ superb vehicle in the streets by 2012. 6. Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Volt Powered primarily by electric charge As rated by the EPA, the Volt is the most fuel efficient compact car presently available in the United States. This certainly speaks volumes about the vehicular attributes. With a magnificent fuel economy of 93 MPG-e, this 5 door hatchback has a hybrid transmission system with an integrated 1.4 L 4 cylinder range extender. According to official EPA records, the range (on electric mode) comes close to around 56 km (35 miles), while the top speed is marked around 160 km/hr (100mph). 7. Mitsubishi iMiEV Mitsubishi iMiEV The i MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle Once again we come across a 5 door hatchback, but this time it is an all-electric vehicle from Mitsubishi. Coming with a 47 kW (63 hp) permanent-magnet motor, the power-train also incorporates a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. EPA ratings have showed that the iMiEV has 99 MPG-e (which is actually more than Nissan Leaf) fuel economy stats, while its top speed hovers around 130 km/hr (80 mph) with a range of 100 km (62 miles). 8. Nissan Leaf Nissan Leaf All-electric car The 2011 World Car of the Year is also rated as the most efficient EPA certified vehicle for all fuels ever. With a sturdy 80 kW (110 hp) synchronous electric motor, the high performance Leaf is powered by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. While it slightly loses out to the iMiEV in fuel economy by having 92 MPG-e, the car more than makes up for it by its sheer range of 117 km (73 miles). Tests shows the top speed being around the mark of 150 km/h (93 mph). 9. AMP ELECTRIC ML350 AMP ELECTRIC ML350 Custom Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries AMP, the world renowned EV conversion company has tasted some success with their vehicular line of fully converted electric Mercedes-Benz ML 350 SUVs. The five passenger capacity crossover car comes with a fully customized lithium-ion battery pack that ‘fuels’ an extended range of 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge. The top speed comes around 100 mph (160 km/hr), with a good acceleration of 0-100 km in less than 10 seconds. 10. Fisker Karma Fisker Karma Filled with natural and recyclable materials A name in allusion to Eastern philosophy along with a styling to die for; this is the Fisker Karma hybrid vehicles that hinges on its blistering performance rather than eco credentials. The hybrid power-train incorporates 20 kW/h lithium ion battery with Nanophosphate battery technology, integrated with a General Motors-developed Ecotec 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The net hp accumulates to a whopping 403 hp with 981 lb-ft of torque. In electric mode, the vehicle can achieve a top speed of 95 mph (152 km/hr), while the Ecotec engine can push the exhilarating speed over 125 mph (200 km/hr), with acceleration of zero-to-60 miles in just 5.9 seconds. The electric range comes at around 50 miles (80 km) with an estimated fuel economy of 67 MPG-e.

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