Geneva Motor Show: Lumeneo Smera
March 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
Another oddity, tucked away from the mainstream exhibits: the French-built Lumeneo Smera. Seats two in tandem, leans and tilts round corners, and just 2.5m long and 86cm wide; it’s conceived as an electric city commuter vehicle and it is currently going through the homologation process for European sales. Production is planned for 2011.
The Smera weighs just 500kg, and it can do 130kph. Its pair of electric motors give a total 1000Nm of torque, and lithium-ion batteries give a range of 150km. The rear seat looks pretty tight, and there’s very little luggage space, but it’s a step up from a scooter – ‘a luxury cocoon’, says the company.
The French rail firm SNCF has invested in Lumeneo, though the majority of the company is owned by the Moulene family. Founder and president Daniel Moulene was the former vice-president of the Environment SA business group, and technical director Thierry Moulene an engineer at the French subsidiary of Pininfarina’s coachbuilding business, where he worked on the build of the Nissan Terranaut, Renault Egeus and Renault Zoe concept cars. They’ve got credentials, then, and plan to employ 50 people by the end of the year, including 30 at their Paris research and development facility.