US Major takes Possession of First smart Electric Car

By Automotive Staff | January 31, 2011
Daimler has sold its first smart EV in the U.S. The lucky recipient of the first car is Mindy Kimball, a Major in the United States Army, and the first Fortwo Electric Drive was recently delivered by none other than racing legend turned car retail giant, Roger Penske and smart USA President Jill Lajdziak. “This is a groundbreaking day for smart in the United States,” said 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 electrification.” The smart Fortwo Electric Drive is powered by a 30 kW electric motor which is fed by a 16.5 kW-hour lithium-ion battery pack. That probably means very little to the average person. Translated, it means the car has a range of just over 60 miles on a full charge. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but remember it is replacing a car for commuting, not road trips. smart claims the car will charge from 20 percent to 80 percent in 3.5 hours using a 220-volt outlet, to go from empty to full takes roughly 8 hours. Kimball chose the smart Fortwo Electric Drive after thoroughly comparing and evaluating every electric vehicle available. She has been a volunteer presenter with The Climate Project since 2007, educating the public about the science of climate change and the ways to reduce negative impacts on the environment. Kimball is also an active 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. We are guessing she wasn’t a random choice.
Right now, all 250 Fortwo Electric Drives being delivered are leased from smart and are part of an initial group that will demonstrate the feasibility of the car. Full-scale production will begin in 2012 and cars will be available to everyone through smart Retailers nationwide then. via smart USA courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff