Here's the body of the email I received from the EPA regarding the Emissions Testing of the 2008 smart:
Penske Corporation will provide the dealer distribution network for the
2008 Smart Cars. Mercedes will certify the vehicles. EPA has not issued a certificate to Mercedes yet for the 2008 Smart Cars. Although specific discussions with a manufacturer are CONFIDENTIAL prior to issuing a certificate for a vehicle, I can tell you that Mercedes is still working on the vehicle, and will likely have all the emission testing done and request an EPA certificate in the fall of 2007 or so.
According to some of the articles in the press, 2008 Smart Cars will go on sale in early 2008.
The process of developing a new model to meet U.S. emission standards, developing and testing the onboard diagnostic (OBD) system for the vehicle, performing EPA emission tests, submitting an application for certification and obtaining an EPA certificate generally takes 6 months minimum. It can take as long as18 months (or more) depending on the manufacturer. Most of this time is dependent on the manufacturer----EPA testing generally takes one week to one month (depending on how long it takes to ship the vehicle to EPA's emission lab, whether it passes the first set of tests, etc). After a manufacturer submits an application for certification to EPA, the certificate is normally issued within 24 hours.
Hope this answers your questions.
Anyone wishing to see a citation for the source of this email please PM me. - MPG