We obviously know what a smart phone is. Everyone has one these days! It helps us in a lot of ways as we live our daily and fast paced lives in terms of communication and productivity. Wanna know something else that’s also smart that can definitely help you live the modern life? Although it’s not something that you can keep in your pocket, it’s benefits will definitely make everyday living lighter, not just for you but for everyone else.
The idea of a smart car started from Nicolas Hayek, the same man who invented Swatch watches. He wanted to invent a small car that would be fuel efficient and environmentally responsible. At the same time, he was also thinking of a car that was easy to park in small spaces.
The idea picked up easily and the first smart car was eventually produced. Originally designed as an economic solution to fuel efficiency and pollution, smart cars were then designed as an answer to parking problems everywhere, as what Nicolas Hayek envisioned. Owners of smart cars will be able to park perpendicular in a parallel parking space, allowing room for another smart car to park in a regular driveway.
A smart car is typically made with the following dimensions: eight to nine feet long, five feet tall, and five feet wide. Some of its parts, including the exchangeable body panels, are not only recyclable, but also replaceable. This allows the smart car owner to change the color of his car however frequently he chooses. Cool right! No need to worry about making a final decision on what color to choose like back in the days. Smart cars are also powder coated instead of painted, which uses 40 percent less energy making it more environmentally friendly.
Also, in addition to being small, smart cars are also very lightweight, weighing around 1500 pounds. In tun, it’s engine, a three-cylinder type, has enough power to keep the car running for hours. What about mileage? The mileage depends on the style and engine horsepower of the car, but it typically gets 46 miles per gallon with city driving and 69 miles per gallon with highway driving.
Are smart cars really in? The U.S. market has not been crazy about vehicles that are efficient in nature in recent years, but that has been slowly changing as gas prices have been increasing and pollution is getting worse. Despite this smart cars craze, many Americans still like it big. I mean, yeah it is practical to have a bigger car if you have a big family and you do a lot of traveling by land. But if you’re like living on your own, with not much baggage but with a genuine concern to the environment and others, do consider getting a smart car.