Smart has officially entered the EV game, and in dramatic fashion, Smart USA executive and racing legend Roger Penske personally made the first delivery. The car was delivered to Army Major Mindy Kimball, a big believer in the potential of EVs. The body of the vehicle is the same as those already in production, but outfitted with batteries that can take the car up to 98 miles on a single charge. In mixed driving, the government estimates a range of about 63 miles. Approximately 250 of the electric Smarts are available for grabs, but widespread distribution won’t be a reality until 2012.
Kimball chose the vehicle after considering other options, and will display her new purchase at the 2011 Washington Auto Show. She is also a member of the Electric Vehicle Association.
“This is a groundbreaking day for Smart in the United States,” said Smart USA CEO Jill Lajdziak. “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.
– By: Stephen Calogera