Tue Sep 22nd, 2009 at 08:29:46 AM EST
While the Senilebiker was out running a few errands on his trusty steed this morning, he stopped at the local biker treff punkt (watering hole in German), and stumbled across a photoshoot for the RWE electric Smart car.
Whipping out his cell phone, he took the picture below.
Cross posted at Eurotribune and daily Kos
On returning home, after begging his tired old Dell to get its sh*t together, he was able to come up with the following info.
The Electric Smart car is one of a series of prototypes supplied by Smart, a subsidiary of Mercedes, to RWE for real world testing.
The basic specs of the vehicle are as follows:
The smart fortwo electric drive will be in regular daily use at RWE. With its eco-friendly sodium-nickel-chloride battery, the car has a range of around 115 kilometers. This can be recharged to 80 percent of its capacity in 4 hours at any ordinary domestic 230 Volt power point. Maximum capacity is reached after eight hours of charging.
The high-temperature battery is located beneath the floor of the vehicle, and - as Daimler's own laboratory tests have shown - it can handle at least 1000 charging cycles, equivalent to a calendar lifetime of approximately ten years. It provides power for an electric motor fitted in the car's rear in place of the conventional 3-cylinder gasoline engine. The motor gives the smart fortwo electric drive a top speed of 112 km/h. And with NEDC running costs at around 0.02 euros per kilometer, the car has the potential to compete with diesel engines.
Now it may not be your idea of the perfect car, but when gas runs out, you might be happy to have one of these to get to work or do the shopping. Particularly interesting is that most people would be charging overnight, when electrical demand is low - not so good for solar, but fine for wind generated energy.