George Clooney Will Promote Electric Smart Car in Italy


Hybrid Technologies, the Nevada-based lithium-ion battery slinger, just announced that it has recruited Tango-driving, carbon-neutral Syriana starring, George Clooney to promote its new electric Smart Car in Italy this summer. Word of the coming Smart EV has been on the street for a while but the stats have actually improved since Michael Graham Richard wrote about the project back in 2005. Hybrid Technologies has posted top speeds of 80 mph for the Smart, along with 120 miles of autonomous range and a 6-8 hour charging time. (HT starts filling orders for the car Feb. 2007, starting at $35,000.) It is also now clear that Hyrbid Technologies is a lab populated by engineers who don’t sleep. In addition to converting Smart Cars and courting Clooney to beta test their new ride, the publicly-traded company is also testing the waters of electric taxi cabs, scooters, and supercars. It also had a hand in this electric ’64 VW bus, built a renewable-energy house, and provided an electric Mini Cooper to the British embassy in Mexico. ::Hybrid Technologies

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