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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive: Half the car for nearly twice the price

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive: Half the car for nearly twice the price

In the hullaballoo surrounding last year's debuts of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, one new electric vehicle was mostly overlooked: The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.

It was an understandable oversight — and not just because of the cars' microscopic size. Smart USA is a bit player in the auto market. Just 6,000 gas-powered Fortwos were sold in the U.S. in 2010.

Engineered by Mercedes-Benz, manufactured by Daimler and distributed by Smart USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, the internal-combustion cult car is being joined by 250 Smart Fortwo Electric Drives. The two-door, two-seater, rear-engine cars are available for the first time in the...

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