Spring Smart Electrics, San Francisco MTA slows Car2Go

By · January 25, 2013

Car2Go San Diego

Car2Go San Diego.

I spoke briefly with Smart USA public relations this morning, and the new Smart Electric is still expected to arrive in the spring. This small electric vehicle is ideal for inner-city transport with its zero emissions, quick electric-drive acceleration, and tiny size for parking. The battery range is 68 miles, and it fully recharges in 6 hours with a 240v charger. The price tag is $25,000 before any tax credits, so it will be the lowest priced electric vehicle on the market when it arrives.

In San Francisco, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) had talked with the car sharing company Car2Go about operating the Smart Car service in the city, but the MTA had concerns over parking issues the company required. Therefore, the car sharing company remains in limbo as to its service in San Francisco. Car2Go has been successful in introducing the Smart Electric and car sharing services in various cities in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Car2Go has the ultimate goal of being a worldwide car sharing service.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is very supportive of electric vehicles, and I cannot help but think that there is a way forward with Car2Go. Car2Go is already doing business in San Diego CA, Portland OR, and Seattle WA. The Smart Electrics that are in Car2Go’s existing car sharing services are very distinctive, due to their small size and “electric drive” lettering on the vehicles. They are little electric car billboards, especially when visibly charging on city streets.

Comments

· · 1 year ago

I work at the University of Texas at Austin and these Car2Go Smarts are all over the place here! Most of them are ICE, but I have seen at least one EV version (with a solar panel roof no less.) The students use these cars like crazy. They're perfect for a University setting in an urban environment like UT. Parking is a premium in and around campus, and car sharing is a terrific solution!

· · 1 year ago

I hope to report on more Smart Electrics in the Car2Go service. Those students would be more apt to go electric in the future.

I understand eVgo's Arun Banskota talked at the UT Energy Symposium. It would be good to see Car2Go and eVgo expand services (and others) in Austin.

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