First introduced to the United States in June 2010, the smart fortwo electric drive marks a natural evolution of the smart brand and amplifies its environmental leadership. With an unparalleled eco-heritage, smart developed the electric drive as the next logical extension of the fortwo platform which continues to be a trendsetter in addressing issues facing urban mobility and conservation.
see the Daimler Press release dated August 16, 2001 at post #16 below.
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From smartUSA press release, Nov. 16, 2010:
The smart fortwo electric drive is a zero-emission visual statement on the ultimate conservation of materials and further defines the independent spirit of smart. Based off of the iconic smart fortwo, which has the smallest footprint of any vehicle on U.S. roads, the smart fortwo electric drive is the purist’s play in transportation electrification. The vehicle enters the U.S. market at an ideal time as the United States sets policy goals on CO2 reduction and independence from oil-based fuels.
Beginning in the fall 2010, smart USA is strategically deploying a test fleet of 250 model year 2011 vehicles, equipped with second generation electric drive technology, across the United States. Vehicle placement is nationwide, with an emphasis key on electrification leadership regions and Department of Energy grant areas to ensure ample vehicle charging locations. A majority of smart USA dealers have signed on to the program for showcasing electric drive technology to customers in their communities.
The phase-two vehicles are targeted to early adopters of electric drive technology who are helping define new alternatives in transportation for the United States and interested in making a passionate statement on conservation and environmental awareness. Branded “Team 250,” placements include companies, municipalities, organizations and individuals committed to a four year/40,000 mile lease. The “Team 250” is an elite club that has direct access to the smart USA team, receives electric drive communications, has the ability to participate in exclusive dialogue regarding their electric drive ownership experience and is invited to special events and forums. Leases start at $599/month for a standard coupe and $649/month for a standard cabriolet plus security deposit and additional available options, not including tax, title, license and dealer fees. This lease price factors in the $7,500 federal subsidy for electric vehicles, but does not include state and local municipal subsidies which, when available, can lower the lease price when added in. Leases include a limited warranty for four years or 40,000 miles, the duration of the lease.
Ecology is a hallmark of the smart fortwo, from the environmentally friendly manufacturing process in Hambach, France, to the recyclability of 95 percent of the vehicle’s parts. Additionally, the vehicle’s diminutive size translates to less material consumption in its production and a practical vehicle concept for low cost commuting and other urban travel.