While some sites are busy making fun of its name
(yeah, we thought of that too... and you? Does it matter? Comments are welcome), others were busy conducting interviews
with Dr. Z. in an attempt to find out when we may see the smart ED in America. The answer is that it's coming, if not next year then shortly thereafter. Daimler hopes to have 1,000 electric smarts running rather silently around the world by the end of next year, and it's distinctly possible that a portion of them will be in the U.S. This is the second-generation
of the smart ED, and it is now powered by a lithium ion battery pack that may or may not be supplied by Tesla Motors
. The last-gen model used a sodium battery. With the new pack, the smart ED can achieve a range of up to 150 miles -- plenty of distance for the urban use the little car is likely to be subjected to.
[Source: Popular Mechanics
/ Photo: Inside Line