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My wife has really taken to loving the Smart. It really is the perfect size for all of the urban running around that we do. So about a week ago, we saw one of these low-speed, urban electric vehicles much like the one in the link and I asked if she would go for something like that and she emphatically said no. The Smart was as small as she could imagine a "real" car to be, and that even though this low-speed electric urban vehicle was probably a bit longer footprint, it didn't look "real" to her nor would she want to give up the ability to run on the freeway nor the implied safety she now feels from the tridion cell and all the airbags. Knowing that a Smart can survive a high speed crash makes her feel very safe in urban driving but these low-speed vehicles don't have nearly the same number of occupant protection systems.

I was going to say it's an even more limited niche than the Smart ED would fill, but maybe not. There may be these managed communities where an electric vehicle with a 35 MPH top speed makes sense. It's just hard to see 90 miles of range being beneficial for a vehicle that you can't drive at higher speeds.
 

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So, how has this vehicle done in the last four years?
Apparently not a whole lot of movin' & shakin' going on over at Innova EV and we wouldn't be talking about it if it weren't for a recycled "clickbait" article from some time ago? :shrug:

http://www.innovaevcarshare.com/simplicity/

A quick search reveals that in the last 12 months they have posted a LinkedIn page where you can see some additional photos in support of their PR activities.

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/10224413/

June 15, 2017 - Crain's Chicago Business, The upstart that hopes to be first with a driverless car

"There are fewer than two dozen Dash cars in various stages of testing, on the campuses of the University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, University of Pittsburgh and Colorado State University; in each of these settings, and at the Metra station in Itasca, the cars require a driver."

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/arti...-that-hopes-to-be-first-with-a-driverless-car

As for this being a $9,995 ED, Jr.? - smart needn't alter their ED marketing plan to compete with Dash. Oh wait, smart doesn't have an ED marketing plan or as of today not even one to sell . . .
 
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