smart USA first electric drive customer deliveryWashington, D.C. – Smart has delivered its first Smart Fortwo Electric Drive to a retail customer in the United States. The first owner is Mindy Kimball of Silver Spring, Maryland.

“This is a groundbreaking day for Smart in the United States,” said Jill Lajdziak, president of Smart USA. “We are extremely excited to add the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive to the Smart product lineup, solidifying our position as a key player in transportation electrification.”

Kimball, a major in the U.S. Army, has been a volunteer presenter with the Climate Project since 2007, educating the public about the science of climate change. She is also an active member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Washington, D.C. and will display the car in the association’s booth at the 2011 Washington Auto Show.

The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is powered by a 30 kW magneto-electric motor and 16.5 kW lithium ion battery, and can travel up to 98 miles (157 km) on a single charge according to the U.S. EPA LA4 test cycle.

This year, Smart will place 250 cars across the United States with companies, municipalities, organizations and individuals interested in conservation and environmental awareness. Series production on next-generation vehicles for retail sale through the U.S. network is expected in 2012; those with the 250 cars will have the first opportunity to move into these vehicles.

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