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Sub $25K custom EV smart to undercut Daimler?

EVTV Smart Fortwo conversion to outdo Daimler for under $25,000 — Autoblog Green

"The projects that they have undertaken to date have been relatively expensive – $50,000 and up – and so it has been decided that the next vehicle to be lavished with batteries and an electric motor will be something especially for the more cost conscious among us – a Smart Fortwo for under $25,000.

The planned drivetrain will include a 30 kW (40.23 horsepower) AC induction motor that puts out 66.38 pound feet of torque (continuous) and should accelerate better than the original three cylinder and go faster than the Smart ED that Daimler will allow you to lease for $31,252 and give back after four years. Sound good? Check out the video on their blog for more details."

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This could end up in a lawsuit
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This could end up in a lawsuit
Hardly. Free enterprise, baby!

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Nowadays, everybody is suing everybody else for something. Nalts on youtube is getting sued $500k for recording the ice cream man. I mean come on!
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If there is a profit to be made off of the smart car and this company is going to use the smart car and sell it for less than the ED that is being released, naturally, people will look to this company for the ED smart car instead of the main source, causing outrage and a lawsuit of some sort. That was the basis for my last post. am I wrong somewhere?
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I actually watched the whole segment, just under an hour long. The characters are pretty bland, but I was fascinated with the subject.

The smart story doesn't start until about 20 or 25 minutes into the segment.

I'll be watching this build. I could see myself doing this someday. Heck, if I would've seen this 4 months ago, I mighta skipped the turbo!

Apparently there are some folks in Europe who are building a kit for the 450.

http://www.electro-vehicles.eu/

Maybe they'll come out with a kit for the 451!?!?!

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Hey folks, Its not an electric smart for $25,000. Its a conversion TO you smart for $25,000.

So if you include the cost of the car (new for $15,000) you looking at more like $40,000.

I wonder how the tax credits work, if at all, on a conversion.


And, Will you get all the Electronic goodies like ESP on the conversion?



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....Maybe they'll come out with a kit for the 451!?!?!....
Sounds like a great project for Cornfield Productions
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Although the more folks who do the conversions, the more spare engines for the rest of us.

My Smart rep told me someone ran into the problem with no coolant in their engine and froze it up. The owner found a lightly used one from a conversion to replace his for almost nothing. I think smart helped him out with cost to put it in



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