After a number of false starts ZAP (PCX:ZP) now claims it is about to start selling the Smart Car, the fuel-efficient micro-car from Europe. ZAP is preparing to distribute the cars along with other models through a dealer network it is forming in the U.S. that specializes in advanced automotive technologies.
According to the UK website/technical information, the 61 hp Smart fortwo which appears to be the car that is being sold in the US has the following fuel consumption, m/usg (l/100km):
- Urban 38.6 (6.1) - 39.3 (6.0)
- Extra urban cycle 57.4 (4.1) - 58.7 (4.0)
- Combined cycle 49.0 (4.8) - 50.1 (4.7)
Some of the vital statistics for the Smart Car are:
- Top speed: 85 mph
- Sequential 6-speed transmission
- Automatic or manual mode selectable
- Tank Capacity: 8.7 gallons
- Weight: 1588 lbs
- Length: 8'2.5"
- Width: 4'11.5"
- Height: 5'
Additional features of the American Smart Car can be found at the Zap website.
This news release announces the conversion of Smart Cars to US standards
SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- G & K Auto Conversion, Inc., announced that it is completing the conversion of several hundred Smart Cars at its facility in Santa Ana, California to be purchased and distributed by ZAP. In addition, G & K will be delivering eighty-five Smart Cars owned by ZAP within the week.
G & K is in agreement with ZAP to modify the Smart Cars for US standards and ZAP expects to deliver cars to ZAP licensed dealers shortly.
News reports from Florida and Colorado have announced two separate business ventures claiming to be importing Smart Cars. G & K owner, George Gemayel, states that G & K is the only entity approved to "import and modify" Smart Cars for the US market. G & K does not have a distribution agreement with the Florida or Colorado businesses.
G & K has obtained all necessary EPA and DOT certifications for model year 2005 and 2006 Smart Cars to meet US forty-five State standards. Certification for the remaining five States, California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont is underway.
Be aware, if you should contemplate purchase of this car, that Zap is taking legal action against DaimlerChrysler, seeking in excess of $500 million in a lawsuit addressing the anti-competitive tactics of DaimlerChrysler.
As alleged in the complaint, rather than share or promote ZAP's success in converting and marketing Daimler's high fuel-efficiency "Smart Car" in the U.S., Daimler sought to destroy ZAP; to capture its market share; and to discredit ZAP in the eyes of investors, regulators, journalists, suppliers, buyers, other third-parties, and the American public generally. As further alleged in the complaint, Daimler's misconduct was undertaken with the intention of stealing and profiting from ZAP's marketing plans, technologies, business relationships and know how.
ZAP, Zero Air Pollution®, has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 90,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. ZAP has a 10-year license with eight and a half years remaining on the technology developed by Smart-Automobile LLC to Americanize the popular European-made SMART Car for the U.S. marketplace. ZAP "Americanizes" the SMART Car to meet U.S. federal and state safety and emissions standards through registered importers. ZAP currently complies with regulatory requirements in all states except California and four other states. ZAP is not affiliated with, or authorized by, smart gmbh, the manufacturer of SMART automobiles, or the smartUSA division of Mercedes-Benz LLC, the exclusive authorized U.S. importer and distributor of those vehicles. ZAP purchases its vehicles from non-affiliated direct importer Smart-Automobile LLC.