ZAP! Smart Cars

by Justin Thomas •

Zap! Smart CarZAP, an electric vehicle company, is offering a 60 mpg gasoline powered SMART Car. The company says the SMART City Coupe has an impressive handling and a stylish, roomy interior for two passengers. The SMART Car is popular in Europe, so ZAP is bringing the Americanized version that is a U.S. compliant direct import automobile.

Pricing runs between $12,000 for the cheapest model, and just over $20,000 for a convertible with all the available extras.

Zap SMART CarCanadian drivers will get 70 mpg SMART cars because they’re diesels, not gasoline-powered. The U.S. has “stricter emissions standards” and ironically this will keep the more fuel efficient diesel vehicle from being sold here.

The Canadian models use what’s called common rail diesel, a technology that’s cleaner than older diesel engines. The top speed is 75 mph and prices start around $12,100 for the coupe and $15,170 for the cabriolet.

Here is a diagram of the car’s safety features.

Here is an article about the SMART Cars.

Zap! Home Page: ZapWorld

Comments 2

  1. I receive Zap Car’s newsletter. Their most recent newsletter advertised the SMART car as having 40 mpg rather than 60 mpg, which is the mileage in the original design. There have been a number of lawsuits regarding the distribution of this car in the USA as well as over how the engine would be “converted” to meet US emissions standards. On the other hand, from a safety perspective, they are incredibly safe.

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