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With the city of Hong Kong battling record levels of pollution, Daimler has worked up what it thinks is a partial solution. The German automaker says it will provide an undisclosed number of trial versions of its Smart Fortwo Electric Drive to select partners there.

Daimler's mates in the trial, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Swire Coca-Cola HK, will use the electric two-seater for six to 12 months, while Mercedes-Benz collects data and services the battery-powered Smarts.

Hong Kong's government is eager to test out plug-in vehicles as it eyes becoming a "greener city," says Edward Yau, Hong Kong's environment secretary. The densely populated Asian city currently has 170 registered electric vehicles and the number of charging stations should increase from 300 to 1,000 by the end of 2012.


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      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Smart Fourtwo is a deathtrap with no crash protection, if you are not very smart and have a crash in one the next step is owning a coffin. Same ole story the Smart car owner dies, whilst the passengers in the car that its hits walk away with minor injuries. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-12931276 Daimler has lost billions making the Smart car, its never made them a profit the way to go?
      fairfireman21
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nicely said EVSUPERHERO.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, maybe you can give these away to China. People are hungry for EV's but a 16kwh pack vehicle for 48k dollars is craptastic but perhaps you will be able to give them away Mercedes. Mercedes is truly making sure EV's do not sell. Much like Ford. Go Nissan! Are GM and Chrysler doing nothing but making small incremental change to ICE cars to abate oil addiction? Yes. Are they giving EV's a black eye like Ford and Mercedes by not mass producing EV's but instead making minuscule range cars for outrageous amounts of money in low volumes? No. I truly don't know which one is worse making EV's look bad by not mass producing them and charging outrageous prices for anemic EV's, or not making one at all. Decisions, decisions. Give your Dumb-Smart to China in the name of more research, few people are stupid enough to pay your convoluted price for a anemic EV because you are incapable to make a commitment to mass produce. Leave it to Nissan, you boobs.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Auto-manufacturers also have to make a profit, and stay in business! The adoption of EV transport is not as easy as just producing a lot of EV's and hoping someone will buy them! GM, Ford even Nissan are cautiously watching each other (and Tesla, Fisker etc ) and will continue refining EV development. There have been a lot of expensive failures in EV development, (Modec, Vectrix, etc.) no auto-manufacturer is anxious to join the list of failures. Even the Nissan Leaf and Renaults other EV's are still a very small ratio of vehicles produced by Renault/Nissan. The major automakers, must also watch the bio-fuel developments, utilising existing Oil refineries and distribution systems. Would the Leaf sell in volume numbers if bio-gasoline was available at $2 per gal? I have always admired your passion,dedication and practical contribution to the EV cause. However, you must also be realistic when it comes to the risks of mass-manufacturing. Even Toyota trod warily for the first few years of Hybrid technology! But, I agree, the Smart EV is not the best example of EV development.