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Electric-drive vehicles are efficient, but not when they are used as video game joysticks. Then they're just silly.

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Daimler's iconic Smart Fortwo has taken a lot of forms over the years, morphing into everything from special editions to all-electric drive, but there is more life left in the little two-seater. The latest iteration, released today, is the Smart Forvision, a new all-electric concept that Daimler worked on with BASF and that will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. What's the Forvision? Glad you asked.

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Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2009 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery

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During the blur of the Detroit Auto Show this week, we checked in with fresh Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak to see what the boss has to say about her new job, sales of the fortwo in the U.S. and what's up with the all-electric Smart Ed. Lajdziak only recently joined up with Penske Automotive and Smart after spending time as general manager at Saturn. She was named to the top post just last week.

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smart ed- Click above for high-res image gallery

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Smart Ed - click above for high-res image gallery

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The next-generation Smart Ed, which just started production in France this week, is out and about on the streets of Berlin being filmed for some sort of promotional video, we think. Treehugger spotted the little all-electric city car zipping around the famous Siegessäule (victory column) landmark with a lens pointed at it. Berlin is home to other electric vehicles, including the Mini E and the first-gen Smart Ed.

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Smart ED production - click above for high-res image gallery

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Second generation smart ed - click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the smart ed

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