Are smart cars sustainable?
Think about the following.
- smartTM was designed to minimise its ecological impact.
- The designers continually try to improve each component from an ecological perspective, to use recycled and sustainable materials as much as possible.
- The car is designed for disassembly, so that individual parts can be replaced if necessary and the discarded parts can be recycled. The car is 95% recyclable.
- Fuel consumption is low; as are emissions into the atmosphere.
- The TRIDION shell is made from steel. The body panels and many other components are made from plastics, which reduces the overall weight of the car. This means that less fuel is used.
- The manufacturing processes have been developed to minimise the car's impact on the environment.
- Just because something is recyclable, it does not follow that it is recycled!
- Should governments aim to limit the use of cars in cities and replace them with better public transport?
- How do smartTM compare with electric cars, or pedal-powered vehicles?
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