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Smart is set to release the Forvision, featuring innovations on energy, weight, and temperature management, at this week's Frankfurt Auto Show.
Daimler's subsidiary Smart, maker of seemingly impossibly small cars, is set to present its new electric vehicle at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week.
"With the Forvision Smart is doing justice to its role as Daimler's think tank for urban mobility," said Dr. Annette Winkler, Head of Smart. "With the clear objective of greatly increasing the zero-emission range we concerned ourselves with all factors that influence this on the vehicle. This resulted in completely new concepts and materials in the areas of insulation, reflection, lightweight design and energy management."
Notably, the diminutive car uses solar energy, featuring invisible organic solar cells on top of the car. During the day, the cells provide light and energy, and at night they become built-in LED lights.
The Forvision's also sports all-plastic wheels, the first of the kind suitable for high-volume production. Their composition makes each wheel three kilograms lighter than normal wheels. The car has a tridion passenger cell, and doors made of carbon-fiber-reinforced epoxy resin make the car 50 percent lighter compared to those made with steel, and 30 percent lighter compared to those made with aluminum.
Features like a heat shield made of infrared reflective film keep the car from overheating, while a metallic-looking white special-effect coating and special color pigments provided by BASF reflect heat radiation from the sun.
"This leads to a temperature reduction of up to 20 degrees Celsius on the paint surface and of up to approximately four degrees in the vehicle interior," according to a statement from Daimler.
Daimler says the new version will have 20 percent more range than the Fortwo, its predecessor, getting around 96 miles on a single charge.
via [Earth Techling]
Sep 11, 2011
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I plan to what for the new battery technology that use carbon nanotubes and should be able to boost the range 2 or 3 times.
OK...solar cells...um yeah....I'm sure that the solar cells do nothing more than power the LEDs that they light up as at night... Anybody who has ever used those solar cell LED path lighting that you can get at any of the neighborhood WallyMarts *KNOWS* that the solar cell barely charges the battery in the lamp to light the single LED for 4-6 hours. And this is only if you have the solar cell clean and always in the sun! After about 6 months, the solar cells on my path lighting starts to get cloudy and it loses 40-50% of it's charging capacity! How may people will be constantly wiping off the roof of their smart car to increase efficiency? NONE! Solar cells are a joke and rather pointless until they reach 40% efficiency...They've only reached 19% in labs...realworld solar cells are 10% efficient at best (in real world use...dust, bird droppings and other issues will further diminish the efficiency!)
If, at the article says, "uses solar energy, featuring invisible organic solar cells on top of the car", does it means that during the day you have the power to go 96 miles with the overnight charge plus what you get through the solar cells?
Although it has the claim of "around 96 miles on a single charge" I still find this to be too limiting. It seems fine for a intercity commute but fails to provide for daily usage - such as going to get groceries, shopping mall, movie or theater after the work commute. In my case to drive to family it is 70 miles one-way, therefore this car just doesn't yet have the range for mainstream usage. IF it could be provided with an engine to provide power for the long haul then it would prove useful (if priced to be an affordable purchase).
Only if you're involved in a pile-up between a Big-wheel and a tricycle! I wouldn't want to be driving this behind a GMC Surburban and a Kenworth Semi out back! I wonder if this car comes with a life time change of underwear? You'll be needing it if you're driving on *ANY* of the USA interstates!
I commute @ 75mph on the freeway in my Smart every day...you can't go thru life cowering under a metaphorical rock... ;)