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Check out this article in MSN Auto news.

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Smart is slated to take the knife to the brand-new fortwo next year. After only a solid year of production, the tiny city car will get a few drivetrain updates to make the fuel miser even stingier. Smart says the changes should represent the final bunch for a few years, with last year's introduction of the fortwo Brabus rounding out the carmaker's offerings for the near future.

WHAT'S BEEN REFRESHED . . .

2010 Smart fortwo ED
It helps to think of the fortwo ED as more of an evolution of the widely successful fortwo than a complete refresh. The car boasts a new electric drivetrain (ED, get it?) that should scoot it along while using a fraction of the fuel costs of the gasoline version. New-generation lithium-ion batteries help the car charge quickly while being both lighter and smaller than traditional nickel-hydride versions. So far there's no word about whether the car will be lease-only or sold outright.
Availability: Early 2010
Price: Around $13,000
 

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At that price, I will buy 2?

At 13k, I will buy 2 electric drive smarts.

More likely is it will be $13K ADDED TO the current price for the ED (Electric Drive) option? If that is correct, then I only want one.

Now WHERE DO I SIGN UP AND SEND A DEPOSIT?

SMARTUSA are you listening out there?
 

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ELECTRIC DRIVE!!!!! for a minute I thought ED.. never mind!

I wish people would simply use whole words when writing... is that so difficult?
 

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For YOU people that need it Smart will throw in a bottle of Viagra to solve that problem. Think of the free publicity for the Smart ED. Heck hire Bob Dole as your spokesman. The possibilities are endless..... NOW if we could just get more Smart dealers!!
 

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This from Smart USA's FAQ Section


Will any other engines or smart models be available in the US

smart USA is excited to announce that the smart fortwo electric drive is anticipated to arrive in the United States during the second half of 2010. This vehicle will initially be offered in limited volume and in select markets. Series production of the smart fortwo electric drive will begin in calendar year 2012.
 

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Test drove an ED today

First and foremost: it's very quiet, and therefor disconcerting. It appears slow because I don't hear the engine or any gear: «single fixed gear ratio». It felt a bit "spongy". But boy is it fast: 0-60 in a blink! Of course, it's the European version, and I had to translate "60Km/h." is "only" 37 mph...!
But otherwise it's like any smart, nothing different... except the pods: total and instant +/- charge (regenerating braking and/or downhill).
I noticed the "engine bay" radiator/fan: «water cooled battery and motor». The car's management is totally iPhone integrated with the appropriate app. «Pre heating and cooling possible» (extreme climate: take note).

Evident shortcoming, the range: only «83 miles or 4-5 hours of travel at typical city speeds». This will most likely be a city car, a second or commuter's car (fleet?). Can be charged overnight on household 110V, or faster on 220V.

At first it's only available on a closed lease with a $2,500 down payment, $599/month, 4 years/40,000 mile contract, the whole duration is under warranty.

Thanks again to scTysons and Wallace ('wrumbarger') for the test drive. They already have an order in, for a distinctive client. :)
 

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You're distinctive now? :rolleyes:
Always was! :D


No, can't afford one! Especially that my smart is my only car: a trip to NYC — or any long distance — would require a much further range. But I've heard that a local notable (and smart fan) has already signed up for an ED. :wink:
 

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This is why they are pushing it as a corporate lease vehicle, not so much for us lowly folks. Corporations can write off the lease amount. And they can look green doing it.

I would feel sorry for any shuck who jumps on the first wave only to see the price plummet in 2 years while he still has 2 years left on the lease.
 

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I'd buy it, pimp it out with full Tesla batteries (while the ED does have the Tesla batteries, the one used in the ED is not the same as the one used in the Roadster), and chrome it out!

Okay, that sounded a little bit too...immature? :)
 

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I'd buy it, pimp it out with full Tesla batteries (while the ED does have the Tesla batteries, the one used in the ED is not the same as the one used in the Roadster), and chrome it out!

Okay, that sounded a little bit too...immature? :)
It's only a lease, You wouldn't own it. At least not this generation
 

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I meant to say, "If they sold it, I'd buy it..."

It would be like a discount Tesla...
 
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