2008 PARIS: 2009 Smart ForTwo EV

October 3, 2008
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Though it made its first auto show debut at the 2008 Paris motor show, the electrically-powered Smart ForTwo ED has already been revealed for quite some time now.
The unfortunate acronym implies the ForTwo abandons its three-cylinder in favor of an electric drive system. Aside from using a lithium-ion battery, we don't have a lot of specifications - for whatever reason, Smart saw fit to skimp on those details when writing its press release.
Instead, the release focuses on the ForTwo ED's inclusion in the "e-mobility Berlin" project, which attempts to create a viable infrastructure and market for electric vehicles in the German city. While utility company RWE is installing 500 charging stations throughout the city, Smart's lending 100 cars for testing - much like it did in London in 2005.
Ultimately, Smart hopes to produce the ForTwo ED in droves - but that time isn't yet. Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche previously said he'd like for an electric smart to be available by 2010, but details - notably battery costs and purchase plans - have yet to be fully developed.

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