(Photo: Mercedes-Benz Wieck)
The battery-powered version of the small Smart car is also going to
have the smallest pricetag for an electric car from a major maker.
USA, which is now part of Mercedes-Benz, says it is going to price the
two-seater at $25,000 before tax rebates. The convertible version,
called the cabriolet will retail at $28,000 when both come to the U.S.
next spring. The base price is about $8,000 less than other electrics
like the Nissan Leaf.
"A signature characteristic of the Smart
brand is its commitment not only to being green but to making people
think differently about it," said Tracey Matura, general manager of
Smart in a statement. "Green can be fun. Green can be affordable. And a
lot of us don't really need a four-seater, or at least not for every
Now that it's part of Mercedes and there's an actual ad
budget, the Smart is selling better. Sales have almost doubled in the
first nine months compared to the same period last year.
electric won't exactly have blazing speed. It will go from zero to 60
miles per hour in about 12 seconds. No word on range, but it will
recharge from 20% to 80% of its lithium-ion battery's capacity in less
than four hours on a 240-volt socket.