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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 06, 2014

Three Small EVs Could Have Car-Phobic Youth Buyers on Their Side

Expanding on a New York Times review, the Chevy Spark, Smart ED and Fiat 500e have strong under-35 buyer appeal.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 12, 2013

One Week Drive: 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

In June, we took our first 30-minute drive of the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. We quickly saw that the tiny two-seat city car was a vast improvement over Smart’s previous all-electric versions. It appeared to be the first all-electric Smart to truly measure up to life in a busy modern city. Now, at the end of a week-long drive, we’re ready to share what it’s like actually living with the two-seat plug-in on a daily basis.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 05, 2013

Smart ForTwo Now Available For $139 a Month

If you’re in the market for a city-friendly small electric car that’s also at home on the freeway, the two-seat Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is about as diminutive as you can get. And now about as inexpensive as can be: it’s available to lease for $139 per month with $1,999 down.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 26, 2013

Buying Peace of Mind With Smart's $80 a Month Battery Rental

Smart's battery rental program has proved wildly popular in Europe. In the U.S., it will drop the Smart Electric Drive's purchase price to $20,650, before the federal tax credit.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 07, 2013

First Drive: 2013 Electric Smart ForTwo Vastly Improved from Previous Versions

Mercedes-Benz is the first to admit that the first and second generation of all-electric Smart ForTwos—built as prototypes rather than mass-produced models—were not up to par. So Mercedes Benz went back to the drawing board for its third-generation Smart ForTwo ED. With a new motor, battery pack, and power electronics, the 2013 Smart ForTwo ED is the small electric car Mercedes-Benz should have made in the first place.

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By Jack Collins ·
January 25, 2013

Spring Smart Electrics, San Francisco MTA slows Car2Go

In San Francisco, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) had talked with the car sharing company Car2Go about operating the Smart Car service in the city, but the MTA had concerns over parking issues the company required.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
January 17, 2013

In Detroit: New Smart Electric Offers EV with Lowest Price

Smart’s display was the most EV-centric at the 2013 Detroit auto show. Four Smart Electric drives were on view and most of the area was decorated with information on the new version of the Electric Drive. I spoke with Tracy Matura, Smart general manager, and Heiko Schmidt, Smart's product manager. They were both very optimistic about this next generation Electric Drive.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 12, 2012

Smart Acclerates Production of 2013 ForTwo Electric Drive

With more than 1,000 units out the door, Smart's production site in the French town of Hambach is now ready to ramp up production to meet high demand worldwide for its 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. The 2013 ForTwo ED is scheduled to go on sale in the United States in spring 2013.

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By Eric Loveday ·
October 04, 2012

2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Priced at $25,000

When it launches in spring 2013, the completely overhauled Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will become America's cheapest electric vehicle offered for sale by a mainstream automaker. Available for an after-rebate price of only $17,500, the 2913 ForTwo ED could win over new EV buyers.

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By Michael Coates ·
September 27, 2012

Here Comes the Electric Autobahn

During the past few months, I've had the chance to drive representative models from each of the German "Big Three." They represent slightly different approaches to the EV market but all are either already in the market or will be soon.

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