Daimler releases Smart Electric Drive in limited numbers

Daimler releases Smart Electric Drive in limited numbers

Smart ForTwo EV fq

Daimler will be putting the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vehicle into production, after a successful test market experiment in the UK. 100 of the tiny EVs were put on British roads in December 2007, with potential fleet customers like the Metropolitan Police, power companies, and local councils taking on several of the cars.

As limited production of the UK-spec vehicle gets underway, the second-generation model will now be tested across the U.S., and in Milan, Paris, and Rome.  The second generation EV will have a longer range, boast a shorter charging time and offer improved performance.  These improvements are due, in part, to a new lithium-ion battery.  Great Britain was a strategic choice for the test market and first vehicle release, as London’s expensive congestion charge is a cost many drivers strive to avoid.

Smart ForTwo EV fq

Daimler will be putting the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vehicle into production, after a successful test market experiment in the UK. 100 of the tiny EVs were put on British roads in December 2007, with potential fleet customers like the Metropolitan Police, power companies, and local councils taking on several of the cars.

As limited production of the UK-spec vehicle gets underway, the second-generation model will now be tested across the U.S., and in Milan, Paris, and Rome.  The second generation EV will have a longer range, boast a shorter charging time and offer improved performance.  These improvements are due, in part, to a new lithium-ion battery.  Great Britain was a strategic choice for the test market and first vehicle release, as London’s expensive congestion charge is a cost many drivers strive to avoid.

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