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    Smart's problems mean sales will likely be under 100,000 units for 2010

    Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The sad tale of Smart, especially in the U.S. market, is a prime example of the adage to "be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it." Smart has faced multiple problems, ranging from its design to its execution. On the ...

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    EVTV Smart Fortwo conversion to outdo Daimler for under $25,000

    The EVTV team has recently finished electrifying their sweet '57 Porsche 356A Speedster replica and will soon be sending it off to their "roller" supplier, Special Editions Inc., for further testing and inspection. With that project in the can, they are ready to try something new. The projects ...

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    Fortwos gets a $9.99 Smart Drive iPhone app (and a $300 cradle for your iPhone)

    The all-electric Smart EDs may not be here yet, but a companion app for the little city cars is already available in the iTunes App Store [$9.99 for the U.S version, $11.99 for the EU version]. Called Smart Drive, the app is one half of the Smart Drive Kit (the other is a holder that connects your ...

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    Smart ForTwo sales drop dramatically, can electric version lift the brand?

    2009 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's really no secret that sales of the gas-powered Smart Fortwo have dwindled down to almost nothing in the U.S., but when you put some numbers up, the Fortwo's slump becomes even more apparent. During the small car's ...

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    250 Smart EDs coming to U.S. this fall with $599/month leases attached

    Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery
    This is a post about the numbers. Here are three important figures about the second-gen all-electric Smart ED that was on display in New York City yesterday: 250 units are coming to the U.S. starting in October 2010 Leases will be ...

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    AFVI 2010: Smart ED makes its U.S. debut

    Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The first car that caught our eye on the AFVI Expo floor in Las Vegas was, well, the first Smart Fortwo of its type in the U.S. This is the all-electric Smart ED, which is currently being tested in Berlin and London. It will begin on-road ...

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    My battery is better than yours - Daimler and Renault-Nissan quarrel over superiority

    Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche sign the agreement
    Not much more than a week ago, Daimler and Renault-Nissan announced an alliance that was reported to possibly lead to more small cars from the two brands. We have visions of Twingos and Smarts sitting ...

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    Officially, Official: Renault-Nissan and Daimler announce alliance

    At a news conference in Brussels, Belgium this morning, Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan alliance officially announced that the three automakers would collaborate on future products and each would exchange shares in the other companies. The deal has been rumored for months and Daimler has been ...

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    Report: Daimler dealers will be prepared to sell and service EVs in two years

    Mercedes-Benz concept BlueZero Plus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Daimler is working aggressively to bring zero emissions vehicles to market under both the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. In order to get ready for that, Daimler AG research and development chief Dr. Thomas Weber ...

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    Detroit 2010: Smart USA's Jill Lajdziak says lifestyle message can boost sales

    During the blur of the Detroit Auto Show this week, we checked in with fresh Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak to see what the boss has to say about her new job, sales of the fortwo in the U.S. and what's up with the all-electric Smart Ed. Lajdziak only recently joined up with Penske Automotive ...

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    Smart Ed's cell phone connection; RWE offering 22 kW home chargers

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    When the first second-generation Smart Eds were handed over to customers in Berlin last week, Daimler and German utility RWE also announced a few details about how the all-electric ForTwos can interact with with the Internet. Smart Ed drivers are ...

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    First Smart Eds delivered to customers in Berlin

    Smart Ed - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The second-generation Smart electric drive vehicles are making their way into the wild, which means the first customers are now getting their Fortwo EVs in Berlin. Daimler announced today that Rolf Bauer, an artist and owner of a film dubbing ...

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    2nd-gen Smart Ed driven, still not ready for its close-up

    Smart Ed - click above for high-res image gallery
    There has been considerable hope that electrifying the Smart ForTwo would dispense with the micro-car's poor driveability and allow people to use the urban runabout more comfortably. Unfortunately, it appears that even with new lithium ion energy ...

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    Mercedes-Benz delivers hydrogen, pure electric vehicles in two-pronged strategy

    Mercedes-Benz F-Cell and Smart Ed - Click above for high-res image gallery
    If there's one under-the-radar trend that is slowly bubbling to the top of the green car space, it's the intentional blending (by some) of hydrogen- and battery-powered vehicles under the electric drive moniker. Maybe this ...

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    Electric Smart Fortwo gets shot in Berlin

    The next-generation Smart Ed, which just started production in France this week, is out and about on the streets of Berlin being filmed for some sort of promotional video, we think. Treehugger spotted the little all-electric city car zipping around the famous Siegessäule (victory column) ...

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    Smart ED production kicks off at Hambach plant

    Smart ED production - click above for high-res image gallery
    Earlier this week, Daimler launched production of the new generation Smart electric drive at the Hambach, France plant where all Smarts are built. The first stage of production will see the plant build a run of 1,000 of the ...

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    Elektromotive and Smart get serious with electric vehicle test

    Elektromotive smart ed - click above to enlarge
    Expanding the partnership between Elektromotive, which makes charging stations, and Daimler, the makers of the all-electric smart ed, the charging company is now the proud guardian of its very own fortwo EV. Elektromotive will use its new ...

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    Daimler picks France for full-scale all-electric smart ed prodution in 2012

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    Full-scale production of the all-electric smart ed will kick off in Hambach, France in 2012, the same place where small series production will start next month. Daimler announced today that it would invest "a double-digit million euro amount" into ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Tesla plus Brabus equals Ultimate High Voltage

    Brabus High Voltage - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In addition to the Tailor Made concepts that Brabus trotted out for the Frankfurt Motor Show, the German tuning firm also showed off a new version of its electric Smart Fortwo called the Unlimited High Voltage. This new model is an ...

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    smartUSA names Coulomb preferred charging station supplier

    It may not have a starring role alongside the latest electrics from Renault at the Frankfort Motor Show this week like its bigger Better Place competitor, but Coulomb Technologies with its ChargePoint Network is happy to inform the world it's getting a good dose of Teutonic love itself, thank you ...


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