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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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    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

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    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

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    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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    Smart ED production kicks off at Hambach plant

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    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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    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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    Pics Aplenty: second-gen smart ed goes extra green

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    To go along with yesterday's announcement that the second-generation smart ed will go into production in November, Daimler has released a bunch of new pics of the all-electric city car. Of particular interest are the reworked ...

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    UK will spend £25 million ($40 million U.S.) on huge electric car test program

    Mitsubishi iMiEV - click above for high res iamge gallery
    The electric vehicle money is flowing everywhere. Following the U.S. DOE's announcement yesterday, the UK has announced it will spend £25 million ($40 million) on a large project to get EVs and "ultra-low carbon vehicles an everyday ...

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    smart gives electric drive version the green light

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    Mitsubishi and Subaru were the first to start production, but the list of major automakers that are going electric is growing. As rumored, the Daimler is adding its name to the list with an announcement today that the smart ed "is ready for small ...

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    Sound the alarm: Brabus smart ed features built-in exhaust note generator

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    Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, European tuning company Brabus showed off a modified version of the smart fortwo ED. At the time, Daimler claimed that the electric vehicle came equipped with "fine natural materials [that] ...

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    All-electric smart ed gets green light in UK for 2012

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    According to Channel 4 in the UK, the electric smart fortwo will be storming that country in full force by the year 2012. For what it's worth (which is probably a lot to Daimler), that date coincides perfectly with the UK government's plan to begin ...

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    Detroit 2009: smart ed comes to America

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    Too busy to read this evening? Not a problem with this particular post. Any information on the specifications of the smart ed that we found earlier today on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show is - beneath the new white and green decorations - ...

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    smart ed coming to Detroit 2009

    We know that smart sold over 20,000 units of the fortwo in the US this year, so it's proven to be a popular car for its market. In LA last month, we saw the new Brabus edition and now we can get our own pics of an electric smart fortwo when the doors to the Detroit Auto Show open in about two ...

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    Electric smart not expected until 2012

    Daimler has been testing electric smart fortwos for a little while now, and the cars have been switched over from sodium-based batteries to newer lithium ion units in the last few months. Hopefully, at some point, all of this various testing will result in electric fortwos intended for public ...

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    Electric Smart possibly spotted at Tesla HQ!

    It's beginning to appear more and more likely that my previous speculation about the nature of the relationship between Tesla Motors and Daimler may have been accurate. In a Fox Business News interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in June, he mentioned the company has deal of some kind with the parent ...

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    Mercedes to add C and E class hybrids by 2011 in U.S.; 12,000 smart EVs in four years

    Mercedes Benz S400 BlueHybrid
    Next year's arrival of the S400 BlueHybrid appears to be just the first stage of a massive move to hybridazition of the brand's lineup. The ML450 is scheduled to get a Two-Mode hybrid late next year, pending resolution of issues with battery supplier Cobasys. A new ...


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