Even smarter – zero emissions

7 08 2007

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The word on the street is that Daimler-Chrysler’s smart brand will soon be releasing two hybrid models – a diesel and a petrol version.

Petrol – 4.3 litres/100km

Diesel – 2.9 litres/100km

Even more impressive is the prospect of an all electric smart car which releases no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse emissions.  When combined with a 100% renewable energy deal at home, this would be the first major vehicle manufacturer to deliver zero emissions driving.

Can’t wait for the electric version to hit Australian shores.

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5 responses

20 08 2007
Trinifar

I’m all for electric vehicles but have to point out that they are not without emissions. The emissions occur at the electric power plant rather than the tailpipe. If we just build more coal-fired power plants to “fuel” our electric cars, it’s not a win.

21 08 2007
Verdurous

Trin,

You’re right of course. In more ways than one. Only when coupled with 100% renewable electricity supply (8% of Australians have now voluntarily signed up for) do we get to drive guilt free.

Of course, then there is the energy used to manufacture the vehicle – but “smart” probably leads the pack with many of these things. Smart cars are also made to be fully recyclable. Geez I sound like a sales rep. No financial interest declared.

22 08 2007
mon@rch

Very cool for sure! We need to get more cars like this out everywhere!

29 08 2007
ClareSnow

I thought hybrid cars used electricty generated from the car braking. Thus they work well in stop-start city traffic, but if you’re driving long distances on highways, the engine uses the petrol/diesel rather than electricity.

29 08 2007
Verdurous

Clare, that’s true. Although the two hybrid smart cars mentioned above derive their efficiency not just from their hybrid motors but also from their low weight amongst other things. Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world and most Australians do a lot of “city” mileage. So the cars can make sense. Even without the hybrid motors, current smart cars almost match the Toyota Prius which is considered the gold standard.

The electric vehicle mentioned above is by definition not a hybrid. It has batteries and is charged up from a normal electricity socket at home. This produces less CO2 than burning petrol, but makes the biggest difference when your home electricity is derived from renewable sources. So, if for example I have 100% wind power derived electricity at home (available through Origin Energy) then I could say that my car was “wind powered” !

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