Smart Cars Hitting The Street
The Smart Car fortwo, arguably the smallest car on the market at 8-feet-long (the Prius is 14.6-feet-long), has hit the US market for the first time this month. Streetsblog has a shot of one parked sideways amongst the rest of the cars on the street in NYC.
While I’m in no way in favor of cars, Milwaukee is far from ready to be a car-free paradise. Sure certain neighborhoods are far better than others, but without a car certain people would struggle to get around, especially in the winter. We, as those who want to live a low cost, environmentally-friendly car-free lifestyle, need to walk before we run and getting smaller, quieter, and more fuel-efficient is one component of that.
An electric model is on the way, which is more attractive from an environmental standpoint, but will contain a $35,000 price, which might be too much for the average consumer to stomach.
As far as space goes inside the vehicle, I road in one in Germany and found it plenty comfortable, more so than say climbing in and out of a small pickup truck.
I won’t complain if all my neighbors replace their cars with Smart Cars. Just think of the asphalt we could save. More bike lanes anyone?