Auto Show Coverage smart for us pickup

Published on January 10th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

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Smart For-Us Truck is Cute and Maybe Even Practical

smart for us pickupThe Smart is super cute. It’s also tiny and has pretty much no storage space whatsoever; while the former is definitely part of its appeal, the lack of space to put things does put a few people off. Addressing that issue is the prototype Smart For-Us truck at the Detroit Auto Show.

I did say truck. Let that sink in for a moment. I’ll wait. …you back? Good. Just like the Smart, the Smart For-Us is also incredibly adorable.

Specifications, It Has Them

We’ve talked about it a little bit before; regular Gas2 readers may remember that it’s got a 55kW electric motor, with 75HP and producing 98 ft-lbs of torque. That should make it pretty maneuverable and easy to drive. It’s also supposed to get a top speed of 75mph – enough to take on the interstate, if you don’t mind staying in the right lane. Or not getting speeding tickets.

The lithium ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh and takes at most 8 hours to charge, which it can do from either a dedicated charging station or from an ordinary household outlet.

Designed to Hold eBikes, You Say

While the storage space is, of course, minimal compared to a massive half-ton dually farm truck, it will comfortably hold two smart e-bikes and even charge their batteries while you drive. Smart’s press release emphasizes the possibility of driving the little truck out to a nature preserve and taking the bikes out for a ride, all with zero emissions. The body has even been raised by two inches to help it go off-road (or over a curb, or something, I don’t know).

The For-Us also has a holder for a smartphone instead of a traditional rearview mirror, which in theory would play video of the road behind the truck (because, of course, of the integrated video camera). I’m not sure I like this particular idea; it seems like it’s adding an extra unnecessary step with the potential for something to go wrong.

Weird rear-facing camera aside, I actually like this little thing a lot. I see tons of pick-ups on the road, and 99% of them are totally empty of anything that needs a pick-up to haul around. To me, this seems like a much better alternative – a little space for carrying stuff if I need it (plus it carries and charges the bikes! How great is that??), no emissions, low maintenance, low fuel costs… and it’s super cute to boot.

Love it? Hate it? Think it’s impractical? Let us know in the comments, below.

Image | Source: Smart.



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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.



  • http://MrEnergyCzar.com MrEnergyCzar

    Looks bigger than in person I’m sure. Will have to check it out at the auto show this year….

    MrEnergyCzar

  • AZMac

    Not sure what to make of it, but it has a fun look. They need to make sure the price is right, and the power is sufficient to make it in city traffic. There have been some bad reports on the Smart transmission, so this needs to be improved dramatically before I would even consider one.

    • T Adkins

      Not sure it has transmission, alot of production EV’s dont have them to save weight and alot of conversions that do have them lock them into 2nd gear.

      -T

  • http://www.i2eyedesign.com Mac McDougal

    Re: specs. Article has nothing on MPGe.

  • Uncle B

    America on the precipice, energy diet modified by costs coming at Americans very soon, not decades, less than that, as wages roll back under a strict Corporate Republican rule, and all the extras cut out. We see a bleak picture, many folks working hungry, living poorly, McMansions by the dousens on the block, folks wlking to “occaisional work” jobs, proletariat, union card carrying, property owning, well fed, well paid, reduced to precariat, then fully disenfranchised, enslaved for little return, trying desperately to produce product as cheaply as Asians do now, for basic survival, without the high veggie, high fish, pork flavored Asian diet, without the Asian bullet trains, without the stable, unmanipulated Yuan, facing Q 3,4,5,6, easings by Feds o pay for wars, devaluating for thier wages, each and every time, sons and duaghters facing death in foreign lands for pumped up reasons, the hidden reason of course : to keep MIC (military Industrial Complex) dividends high, for the Feds, for Bibi Netanyahoo and other Israeli “money men” Arab Uber Rich, and the American Uber Class. These very expensive Honda’s are for this Upper Class only. For the masses – no Belairs, no Strato Chiefs, hell, not even a Buick Specoal, or an Ods F-85. Hyundai, Toyota sitll hold out hoe with chealper, practical transportation, but very little design changes for almost thierty years – Ford offers pricy Strato Charges engine for better mileage for the practical people, better than most the others, and we wait for better to come form Ford’s new Chinese Super Factories, for the working stiff with huge college payments ball-busting mortgages, mind-bending transportation costs, poor food at highest prices possible. Thank You Ford for caring – now about planned obsolescence? Are we really just being stung again?

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