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January 13, 2009

Tesla Motors and Daimler AG partnering to produce the Electric Smart microcar

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is generating excitement this week with electric cars by Tesla and Fisker. There are several good websites including http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jan/14/niche-automakers-hope-buyers-plug-in/ and http://industry.bnet.com/auto/1000538/detroit-auto-show-henrik-fisker-on-start-up-pros-cons/ that go into more detail about the Fisker Karma selling for $87,000 which can drive gas-free for 50 miles and the Tesla all-electric two-seat Roadster sports car, selling for $109,000. There is also information about the Tesla Model S all-electric sedan, which is expected to sell for approximately $60,000.

Most of us have seen the current version of the gas-powered Smart fortwo car selling at a base price of $11,990 and getting up to 41 mpg. Last year Daimler sold 24,000 Smart cars in the U.S.

One thousand of the Electric Smart microcars will available by lease only beginning in 2010. The Green Business Association is trying to find out more information about the Electric Smart microcar; for example how much the lease price will be, what an estimated sales price will be and how far it will go on a charge. We will update this information when it becomes available to us. In the meantime, these two websites explain a lot about the Electric Smart microcar: http://cbs5.com/local/tesla.daimler.smart.2.907450.html & http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_11445254

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