The newest concept from Smart, the compact electric car company, is a tiny, pick-up truck that is only about three-and-a-half metres long.
Debuting at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January, the car is almost a metre longer than the company’s
leading model, the Smart
fortwo. It might be a stretch to call the new concept a pick-up truck, but
it does have an electrically-powered tailgate that folds down to create a
The magneto-electric engine is powered by
a lithium-ion battery and can reach speeds of up to 120kph. However, Smart has
not yet released the range of this zero-emission vehicle before it needs
recharging. The bed of the truck also acts as an electric charging station for Smart’s
electric bikes, which can be plugged into the bed while being transported (the
front wheels have to be taken off for the them to fit). So now electric-transport
lovers can drive the Smart pick-up to the bike trails — or if there is too much
traffic, just park somewhere and continue on via Ebike. If you’re not a biker, you
can always use the cargo space for your organic groceries or compost dirt.
The truck also has tech-y add-ons like an
integrated video camera that shows the road behind you and a smart phone holder
instead of a rearview mirror. While Smart has not confirmed this concept car
will make it to the dealerships, the car’s innovative electric motor technology
will be manufactured and available in spring 2012.