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Smart fourjoy loses roof, gains electric skateboards

The smart has probably spawned the greatest number of concept cars in all of eternity – come Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, or any other Motor Show for that matter, you’ll find a new version of Daimler’s evergreen city car, each more bonkers than the next.

The smartfourjoy doesn't have any of the usual nonsense you get on a car -- like doors or a roof.
The smartfourjoy doesn’t have any of the usual nonsense you get on a car — like doors or a roof.

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The latest to emerge is the stripped down smart fourjoy, destined to be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. And by stripped down we mean exactly that – it doesn’t have any doors, lacks a rear window and doesn’t even have a roof.

This approach, smart says, has several benefits. Firstly, it’s allowed them to fit a bench seat in the rear quarters, giving the smart fourjoy room for four passengers – hence the name. It also allows Joe Public an unhindered view of the car’s futuristic interior – just don’t ask what you’re supposed to do when it rains.

The fourjoy’s most bizarre feature by far is the fact it comes with a pair of electric skateboards – or longboards to be precise. A pair of these can be fastened onto the roof of the car, with helmets stowed in dedicated compartments inside the boot. Smart’s even fitted a high-definition camera to the rear to film your longboarding antics.

The fourjoy’s most bizarre feature by far is the fact it comes with a pair of electric longboards.As with nearly all concept cars, particularly of this type, power comes from electricity rather than petrol. In this case it’s a 55kW magneto-electric motor hooked up to a 17.6kWh battery pack that should take around seven hours to charge and offer a driving range on par with most modern electric vehicles.

The smart fourjoy will go on show at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.

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