Smart Microcar Coming to America
You might be seeing pint-sized microcars zipping around town by summer of 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency last week gave electric vehicle maker Zap the approval to sell the Smart fortwo microcar in the United States, according to a press release from Zap issued this week.Zap said Tuesday that it has already received $2.9 million in orders from dealers who want to sell the Smart fortwo microcar. Zap has said it plans on signing up 150 dealers by summer 2005. The company said that it is negotiating the sale of 100 or more cars by the end of the year with government agencies, corporations and wholesale dealers, according to a report in Automotive News.The 60-mph Smart fortwo is already available on ebay. Last Friday afternoon the top bid for the car stood at $12,300.Zap works with partner Smart-Auto LLC, which buys the cars from dealerships in Europe, then imports and modifies them to meet U.S. standards.DaimlerChrysler AG, the parent company of Smart GmbH, will start importing the four-seat Smart formore from Brazil to the United States in 2006. The formore will be shown at the Detroit auto show in January, according to the Automotive News report.