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Your baby looks very much like a Smart car. A design concept that hasn't changed much for almost twenty years. Nothing new and exciting, though it could perhaps be pegged as reassuring familiar.

Although Mercedes has had some success with the Smart car for city use, there's no cool factor to be found beyond being able to slip into a tiny parking space.

Gas engined Smart production is winding down, but Mercedes is hustling down the road that your "baby" follows. The emphasis now is on electric Smarts for city use. Plug in and play.

Here's a couple of Smarties ready for rent in Amsterdam:

What strikes me: where's the breakthrough, or even the advantage, to having swappable batteries in a vehicle that is really only going to be used for inner city driving? Milage driven per day isn't likely to exceed a battery charge and everyone has to sleep, which is when you plug your electric Smarty in.

Beyond being a city runaround the Smart car hasn't been widely embraced as a "real" car and seems very vulnerable and toy-like beyond the city limits when it gets to stretch it's legs with the big boys. More an object of derision than admiration.

I think it's been proven that this utilitarian design is best suited to the inner city, where swappable batteries offer little advantage, provided owners (or renters) are able to charge their cars overnight. Surely, it's as practical to have recharging stations as it is to have battery-swopping stations —but perhaps I am missing something?

No new "cool" factor here. With that in mind, I'll take the liberty of quoting a response by rubberthinking to an observation I made in another thread: "It is not 1990. Just a thought."

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