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Parisians will be able to meet the smart ED in person from September 11-16 at the city Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Despite persistent rumors of the car becoming part of a public car sharing service in Paris (a project that seems to be frozen now), the truth is that France will get only about 200 units of the model. While it'll be easy to see one of these electric cars on display, it'll be more difficult to actually get behind the wheel. When the smart EDs arrive, they will be allocated to selected fleets, and they won't be arriving until March 2010. The average motorist will have to wait until the car goes on sale for French motorists sometime in 2012.

Smart ED
  • Smart ED
  • After showing the battery-powered second generation Smart ED at last year's Paris Show it came to the Detroit Show for the first time. Daimler will start leasing the cars in Europe later this year and in the US next year. At the show, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also announced that the California EV maker will be supplying battery packs and charging systems for the Smart.

[Source: Le Blog Auto]

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