Canadian Town Opts to Test Smart Car Over Hybrids

The Smart Car was chosen for the test over hybrid cars because the city is already very familiar with small diesel engines, as well as the 'uncertain' maintenance history on hybrids.

Published: 12-Jul-2006

The city is testing a 2006 two-seater Smart Car to see if the fuel-efficient vehicle should replace the existing fleet of 19-gasoline powered compact cars.

The Smart Car was chosen for the test over hybrid cars because the city is already very familiar with small diesel engines. "The diesel engine used in the Smart Car is not largely different from the engines used in many of the city's larger turf-cutting mowers," says a new city hall staff report.

Another reason for choosing the Smart Car over a car with a hybrid engine is that issues such as maintenance "remain uncertain" with hybrids, the report said.

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