“This is a groundbreaking day for smart in the United States. 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 electrification," said Lajdziak.
Kimball is a 36-year old activist of green transportation and a Major in the United States Army. She decided on the fortwo ED after careful deliberation and evaluation of the other electric cars on the market. Kimball is also a member of the Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) of Washington, DC, and she will display her new car in the EVA/DC booth at the 2011 Washington Auto Show.
The smart fortwo ED is a zero-emisions vehicle powered by a 30 kW magneto-electric motor. Using a 220 volt outlet, it takes only three and a half hours to charge the battery from 20 to 80 percent of its capacity and about eight hours to reach full charge from a depleted battery. According to the official figures, the vehicle can travel up to 98 miles on a full charge, but in combined city and highway driving it is only estimated to have a range of 63 miles.
The company’s US division will place 250 such cars across the United States with companies, municipalities, organizations and individual owners.