January 10, 2012
Detroit, Michigan – Shown to the world for the first time in Detroit, the electric Smart for-us “urban pickup” is “the right car for the young and young-at-heart with active lives who attach importance to low emissions and taking up minimum road space.” The zero-emissions for-us features a 55 kW magneto-electic motor and has a top speed of 120 km/h.
Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler said, “We at smart love pick-ups – if they are small on the outside, large on the inside, very safe and extremely comfortable. With the smart for-us a petrol station is no longer required!”
Like car2go, the globally successful car sharing initiative from smart for more flexibility in city traffic, the smart for-us is a mobility concept. It has plenty of room for two people and space for two smart ebikes behind them. The tailgate at the rear of the smart for-us is electrically driven. When it opens, the cargo floor including tailgate retracts by 280 mm, then the tailgate slides down in a parallel position. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to access. Thanks to the docking station in the cargo area of the smart for-us the batteries are always charged and they enable smart for-us drivers to reach destinations that are out of bounds for cars – for example traffic-calmed zones in the city or isolated park trails.