Saturday, July 22, 2006

DaimlerChrysler's Electric Smart Car


I get the feeling the US auto makers do not get it. I read on Autopia about DaimlerChrysler's Smartfortwo smart car they are going to roll out in Great Briton. The new Smartfortwo is a full electric version. Meanwhile, DaimlerChrysler has decided to roll out the gas powered version in the US, sometime in 2008. If the sales are good, they might roll out the electric version in the US soon after, probably meaning a year or two later. So, DaimlerChrysler is not rolling out the economy electric until 2009 or 2010 while Toyota, Honda, and other overseas manufacturers are rolling out hybrids and electrics now and running away with car sales in the US. By 2010 DaimlerChrysler will no longer exist in the US if this is going to be their first electric offering. I have not done more research into this. For all I know DaimlerChrysler could have a hybrid out now. Chevy and Ford are no better, both are still trying to push gas guzzling SUVs. Funny though, Ford has about 6 different SUVs on offer not counting their trucks. Chevy has around 8 SUV offerings. All that muscle and everyone looking to cut back on fuel usage. Way to go Detroit, keep the gas guzzlers rolling off the line, eventually gas prices will come down right? Right??

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