The Smart Four Two is manufactured by Smart, a manufacturer subsidiary of the German auto giant Daimler AG, or . At present it is the only micro hybrid vehicle available for sale in the United States through traditional dealer to consumer channels.
There is a contrast between the auto market in Europe, where micro hybrid vehicles are common, and in the U.S., where the top three automakers seem to be ignoring some of the benefits of this technology. Micro hybrid advocates point to and other German and European models as implementing micro hybrid design cheaply and efficiently. Some suggest that the price of these systems could be down below $1000, making it an affordable design that could save American drivers a few miles per gallon. It's rumored that General Motors, after playing around with a possible micro hybrid design for some models, abandoned the idea, resulting in its absence from the U.S. market.
"In coming years, we will see more mega-size cities established and face more serious environmental problems. Throughout the world, the aging population is rapidly growing as well. To cope with climate, energy, and limited petroleum resources, we really need to think outside the box, once again, to find more convenient and eco-friendly transportation, just as the Ford Model T did in the early 1920s. A further level of R&D, technical standards, and regulatory reviews are required to have these types of micro vehicles or PMVs on the market through test-bed evaluations, but we believe that Armadillo-T is an icon toward the future transport system with technology innovation." Explore further:
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