It's being reported that a Chinese company is planning to bring a line of battery powered electric vehicles
to the US market. Interestingly, the top model in the range bears a striking resemblance to a first generation Smart ForTwo
. The new venture is going by the name FlyBo-EV and has three vehicles in the lineup. All three are being classed as neighborhood electric vehicles, meaning they only have to meet minimal crash requirements and are generally limited to 25mph in most locations.
At this time it's unclear if the Smart clone is the same one that appeared last fall and ignited the ire of DaimlerChrysler. The company involved in that program was Shandong Huoyun Electromobile Co. and it's unknown if they are involved in this effort. The front end styling is slightly different from the previous vehicle which may be an effort to placate DaimlerChrylser. If and when this machine shows up on US shores we'll be sure to try and track one down for evaluation.
[Source: China Car Times, thanks to Ash for the tip]