By Andrew Liszewski
One of the approaches to making a highly efficient electric car is to basically add a body and other car-like amenities to an electric scooter. You end up with something like the ultra-thin Smera concept from Lumeneo which looks more like a 4-wheeled motorcycle than a traditional automobile. At 8 feet long and just over 31 inches wide the Smera can only accommodate a single passenger with limited luggage, but it can reach a top speed of 80mph and will run for about 93 miles on a single charge.
Both of the front wheels on the Smera have their own 20hp electric motor which have a life expectancy of around 200,000 km. Those electric motors, as well as the rest of the vehicle, are all powered by a 144 volt lithium ion battery which weighs in at 180lbs. At the moment the Smera pictured above is just a concept, but the company hopes to have them ready for sale at the Paris Motor Show in October of this year for about $30,000 to $46,000. Good luck with that.