Sightings of the Smart fortwo electric drive on the streets of Berlin have increased in frequency as part of the e-mobility project, intended to set up the largest electric car infrastructure in the world to demonstrate a new future for transportation. Now Berlin's Oranienburger Street will be the first home for a traveling exhibit making a tour of 6 major European capitals. The "Smart Urban Stage" aims to answer the question: ""What will the future be like in urban areas and how will we move around?"From 8 May to 13 June 2010, citizens and visitors in Berlin will have the opportunity to test drive a Smart electric drive. In addition, an exhibit curated by experts and professionals in the field of urban sustainability will be on display.
Daimler-Benz has invited submissions on projects in the fields of society, design, architecture, media, science and mobility. The ten best national projects will be on display at each stopping point of the Smart Urban Stage tour. The best project at each stop will win a €10,000 prize, the "smart future minds award," and go on to complete with the other winners in the international competition. The best overall project will earn the submitter a Smart fortwo electric drive vehicle.
Registration for the test drive can be made at smart-urban-stage.com or at the exhibit premises. After 13 June, the exhibit will go on to visits in Rome, Zurich, Paris, Madrid and London. The Smart fortwo electric drive is expected to go on sale in the beginning of 2012.
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