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DaimlerChrysler Announces First Corporate Partners for smart ev; CO2 Mitigation/Offset Plans

Fill ’er up. smart partners with the smart ev and recharging stanchion at the stand at the British International Motor Show.

DaimlerChrysler UK announced the first four corporate partners for the market trial of the all-electric smart ev (earlier post).

In addition, the company announced that it is working on mitigation and offset plans through which all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated through the production process and the logistics chain of the smart ev will be measured, reduced where possible and the remaining unavoidable emissions offset through a mixture of renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry projects targeted to absorb 1 tonne of CO2 for every tonne the smart ev produces.

The offset projects will be located around the world, with one based in France, where the smart ev starts its life, and in the UK, where final assembly is undertaken by technology partner, Zytek Group.

The measurement of the CO2 emissions created by the production and logistics of the smart ev—its carbon footprint—will be undertaken prior to the first customer deliveries in November 2006. The CarbonNeutral Company and DaimlerChrysler UK expect the smart ev will be confirmed as the world’s first CarbonNeutral car, as well as being powered by green electricity and having zero emissions.

The first four corporate end-users of the smart ev are:

  • Knight Frank, a London-based estate agency, which will lease 10 of the cars. Knight Frank is based in Central London and the cars will be used by employees in the course of the day to day business.

    We are delighted to be involved with this innovative market trial because the benefits to us are significant. Over the contract period, we will reduce our carbon dioxide output by more than 100 tonnes from the first 10 vehicles. That coupled with the fiscal benefits of having electric vehicles on our fleet and the renowned suitability of the smart in London made a sound business case for us.

    —Dick Ford, Head of London Residential at Knight Frank
  • Lloydspharmacy. The vehicles will be based at the head office and made available to all staff for journeys in and around the Coventry area, including use by our senior team on commutes to the airport.

    The smart ev is a particularly graphic way to illustrate our commitment to controlling carbon emissions. The use of evs will shave around 20 tonnes off our carbon footprint and at the same time we’re learning about innovative technology and raising awareness of the impact of car travel on the environment—we’re very pleased to be involved.

    —Peter Smerdon, Company Secretary
  • Refurb-A-Sash. The traditional sash window specialists are replacing their existing smarts with evs as part of their overall environmental policy for the company.

    We are making a concerted effort to reduce the impact of our business on the environment. We’ve installed a wood recycler which will be used to heat our building. The electricity we save will power our smart evs, meaning we will be carbon free from well to wheel.

    —Adrian Thompson, Proprietor
  • CityCarClub. CityCarClub is looking to place smart evs within prestige residential developments in central London. CityCarClub currently operate 200 car club vehicles in 12 cities.

    CityCarClub is extremely keen to be a launch partner for this fantastic product. We have committed that only renewable sources of energy will be used and that we will work with DaimlerChrysler in identifying optimum placements as part of the ev project.

    —Dirk van Dijl, Chief Executive of CityCarClub

DaimlerChrysler is also in discussion with several local authorities, including the cities of Middlesbrough and Milton Keynes, who are looking to integrate smart evs as part of their overall carbon management and transport plans.

DaimlerChrysler UK has also enlisted the support of Cenex, the UK’s national centre of excellence for low-carbon and fuel-cell technologies and an initiative funded by the Department of Trade and Industry, as a project partner. Among a raft of commitments to the project, Cenex will allocate direct funding to the UK pilot and help make the market trial more attractive to public and private sector operators.



wow, so total, this is less than 100 cars? lame.


How many DaimlerChrysler engineers does it take to plug in a Smart EV?


Many more than it takes Tesla or Obvio!!!


The timing of this is ironic, what with 'Who Killed The Electric Car?' out in the theatre, but none-the-less, I welcome it...

The first carbon-neutral car?

Beauty idea.

When I wrapped up my car with One-Tonne Challenge graphics last year, I could have only hoped for this much exposure of a worthy idea.


May be there is better way?:


Oh no, sorry, Europeans do not believe in GM creatures.

Bob Tasa

Now if they bring the price point down I will stand in line for one.

allen Z

They are all (auto makers, and other carbon/energy intensive industries) going for carbon credits to offset the rising guilt factor of emitting GHGs.

Max Reid

Daimler is just fooling around. They could have sold the Smart -ForTwo to the rental companies. After all most of the time only 2 persons travel in a car and if they need more, they could have taken ForFour.

But the parent company never marketed this product and now with gas prices so high, they are reviving.

If gas prices climb even higher, all their products will suffer the worst starting from V12, then V8 then V6 and will be left to market only V4 & V3.

Why not they market Smart right away instead of 2008.


If you could make biomethane, make hydrogen for cars and pipe the CO2 back to old wells to get more from them, we might just have a plan.


Here are Mercedes in 2006 with a toy car Smart for Two, 70 miles range with the same Zebra battery technology they had in the A Class in 1998: 120 miles real world range then, 180 miles now possible same battery weight with Zebra developments. 8 years later and they've gone from a real car, the A Class, back to a toy.

If they were serious, they would be marketing the A Class with the latest generation of Zebra: 180 miles range. They would sell like hot cakes. Why did they pull the plug in 1998? Another electric car murderer.


lloydspharma,'our senior team commuting to the airport".
Ever hear of video teleconferencing and the telephone?
Time to put an end to all this unecessary gallavanting by the "senior teams",costing us,the consumer millions!

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