PHOTO CAPTION: Smera two-seat electric car

Traffic Beaters: Electric Two-Seaters

Profiles on Smera and Tango tandem seating electric car.

Published: 23-Mar-2010

Almost invisible among all the flashy hybrid supercar concepts at this year's Geneva auto show was the Smera, a super-skinny electric car from French start-up Lumeneo that underscored a growing presence of such tandem two-seaters at major auto shows this year.

The Smera looks like a Smart given a giant squeeze from both sides - the passenger sits behind the driver, leaving a vehicle that's just a touch wider than a typical front seat.

The idea behind it is also an extension of the Smart's vision - that most cars typically carry only one person at a time, and therefore are much larger than they need to be for commuting.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

TranzX PST Eagle electric assisted bicycle

The pedal-activated bike is powered by a 250 Watt motor and will fully conform to the new European regulations for Electrically Power Assisted Cycles.

Mitsubishi i MiEV is being tested in New Zealand.

The iMiEV will be built in Japan from August, initially priced at about $60,000, and Mitsubishi NZ hopes it will be on sale here from next year.


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