ZAP debuted its Smart Car at the annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealers (NADA) in New Orleans, where it booked approximately $21 million in purchase orders.
ZAP “Americanizes” the European-made Smart Car at its facility in California to meet US safety and emissions standards.
The two-seater city car uses a 60 hp, 698-cc 3-cylinder, rear-mounted turbo engine that delivers, according to Steven Schneider, ZAP’s CEO, 50–60 mpg.
As the LA Times reported last week, however, the EPA disagrees.
... the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Santa Rosa, Calif., auto importer to scale back its fuel-efficiency claims.
The federal agency’s fuel economy estimate for the Smart car isn’t 60 miles per gallon—it’s 37, sort of like a Honda Civic.
Steven Schneider, Zap’s chief executive, said that...he intended to ask the EPA for a retest.
At 37 mpg, the Smart would have the ninth-best rating in the EPA’s rankings for 2005.