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