Hambach, France – Daimler AG has started production of the electric drive version of its Smart Fortwo at its plant in Hambach. The company will provide 1,000 vehicles to customers participating in various mobility projects in major cities in Europe and the U.S.

“With the start of the series production of the Smart Fortwo electric drive, the Hambach plant enters a new era,” said Marc Langenbrinck, managing director of Smart. “At the same time, the Smart Fortwo emphasizes its pioneering role on the way to individual mobility in local zero emissions in cities and urban areas. Its innovative battery-electric drive makes the Smart Fortwo electric drive the ideal vehicle for the city; it combines responsibility to the environment with driving fun and joie de vivre in a virtually perfect manner.”

As of 2012, the Smart Fortwo electric drive will be produced as a regular part of the Smart product portfolio and will regularly be sold through the Smart sales network. The new second-generation model uses an advanced electric drive and highly efficient lithium-ion battery, and can be charged at a regular household power outlet.

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