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    Official: Daimler says third-gen Smart Fortwo electric is the EV drivers asked for

    Daimler talked about the start of production for the next-generation Smart Fortwo ED last week, but waited until today to give more details on the electric-drive city car (standard details here or below). With a bigger motor from EM-motive, higher top speed (75 miles per hour) and more range (90 ...

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    Video: Smart EDs play modified pong game called EBall (seriously)

    Electric-drive vehicles are efficient, but not when they are used as video game joysticks. Then they're just silly. But that's kind of the idea behind EBall, a strange, "hey-look-at-this" promotion for the Smart ED that was held in Germany last year. Footage from the games was just put together ...

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    Report: Next-gen Smart Electric Drive delayed until fall of 2012

    Daimler is getting ready to beef up the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive for the third-gen version, but the new EV won't be arriving on schedule, according to new reports. The problem has something to do with the lithium-ion batteries. The cells are being made by Li-Tec and a Daimler spokeswoman told ...

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    Official: Car2go bringing 300 electric vehicles to car-sharing in Amsterdam

    How much would you pay to drive an electric vehicle? How about 29 cents a minute? That's the rate that Car2go will charge for its EV car-sharing service in Amsterdam that will kick off by the end of November. For this latest expansion, Daimler will put 300 Smart EDs on the streets with the ...

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    Geneva 2011: Smart ForSpeed Concept is urban green toplessness

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    Here we have the none-too-speedy Smart Forspeed concept. Well, perhaps that's not quite fair, as the diminutive Smart actually is plenty quick enough for its intended mission, which is to say it's fully capable of jetting ...

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    Hertz will rent all-electric Smart EDs starting next week

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    Let's see, Hertz will rent out the all-electric Coda Sedan in California next year, has a low-CO2 "Green Collection" in Europe and is looking forward to offering the Nissan Leaf in that car's early target markets in 2011. So, it shouldn't ...

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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