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Little Daimler Child Finally Nails It With Electrons

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Daimler talked about the start of production for the next-generation Smart Fortwo ED last week, but waited until today to give more details on the electric-drive city car (standard details here or below). With a bigger motor from EM-motive, higher top speed (75 miles per hour) and more range (90 miles), the new Fortwo ED has been upgraded with input from "extensive experience and customer feedback from various electric mobility projects," Daimler says in a statement. Smart head Annette Winkler s

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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 is getting ready to beef up the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive for the third-gen version, but the new EV won't be arriving on schedule, according to new reports. The problem has something to do with the lithium-ion batteries. The cells are being made by Li-Tec and a Daimler spokeswoman told Automotive News that, "There are no technical or quality problems with the batteries, but we don't want to lower our sights in safeguarding quality. That's why we're accepting a delay." Li-Tec is a joint

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How much would you pay to drive an electric vehicle? How about 29 cents a minute? That's the rate that Car2go will charge for its EV car-sharing service in Amsterdam that will kick off by the end of November.

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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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Mercedes-Benz concept BlueZero Plus – 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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Smart Ed - click above for high-res image gallery

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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell and Smart Ed - Click above for high-res image gallery

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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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Mitsubishi iMiEV - click above for high res iamge gallery

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smart ed - Click above for high res image gallery

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