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Published on October 5th, 2012 | by James Ayre


Brand That Created the “Microcar” Segment Creates the “Affordable Electric Car” Segment

October 5th, 2012 by  

Electric car company Smart USA is going to bring its third generation electric ‘fortwo’ to the market in Spring 2013, at a price of around $25,000. That’s the price before the federal tax incentive ($7,500) for electric vehicles! This will make the car one of the most affordable production electric vehicles in the US. A cabriolet model will also be released for around $28,000.

In addition to a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, state or local tax credits for the vehicle may also be available, helping to reduce the price.

“Based on the iconic smart fortwo, which just recorded its all-time highest sales volume month under Mercedes-Benz USA with sales up 95% year-to-date, the electric drive will have the smallest footprint of any car on U.S. roads and its cabriolet sibling will be the only convertible electric vehicle on the market,” a Smart news release stated.

“Further setting the fortwo apart from other vehicles on the market is its unique patented tridion safety cell (which functions like a race car’s roll cage), its infinitely customizable exterior (over 6,000 possible combinations) and its green credentials which start at one of the most eco-friendly automotive production facilities in the world.”

Source: PRNewswire
Image Credit: Smart

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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