Some cars that were presented at the Geneva Motor Show did not manage to be on the main pages as much as they deserved. One of the vehicles that fit perfectly under this description is the Lumeneo Smera. And this little electric car is not able to fit only on that, but also on the complicated traffic of almost any big city in the world. After all, it is as narrow as a motorbike and even leans on curves like one.
Created by Daniel and Thierry MoulÃ¨ne, Smera will be manufactured in France and no word has been said so far on the price, but it is very likely to be higher than the one paid for a smart fortwo. This is due to the fact that the two-seater is an all electric car, powered by lithium-ion batteries that account for only 80 kg of the total 350 kg it weighs.
The first Lumeneo is 2.45 m long, 1.45 m tall and, best of all, 0.80 m wide, what allows it to split lanes in countries where motorcycles are allowed to do so. In places where there this advantage does not exist, the wideness of the Smera is still useful for parking or more agility on traffic.
Above all characteristics, the new two-seater will probably be one of the first new generation electric vehicles available to the public. It uses two engines, one in each of the rear wheels, what exempts the car of using a differential. Together, they develop 40 hp. This output is enough to take the 350 kg of the Smera up to 130 km/h, with a range of 150 km.
Acceleration will convince many people that might not like it to consider buying one. Smera is able to reach 100 km/h from stand still, in 8 s. This is due to high level of torque provided, 1,000 Nm! If it would be desirable in bigger car, imagine what it can do to a 2.45-m-long vehicleâ€¦
Production of the Smera will commence in 2009, and Lumeneo expects to produce 250 unit next year. Demand, anyway, may force the company to increase its capacity as soon as possible, especially considering that traffic in most cities requires vehicles to become more and more rational. The Smera has already reached a great deal of rationality.
Gallery: Lumeneo Smera, A Car That Behaves Like a Motorcycle
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