Smart Electric Drive
What is It? The Smart EV is a plug-in version of one of the original eco-cars, the Smart fortwo. The battery pack is sourced from Daimler's ongoing collaboration with Tesla Motors, which is also producing an electric version of the Mercedes A-Class. The Smart electric drive is still in the test program phase, but it is likely to expand if it succeeds in the marketplace.
Under the Hood: A 30-kilowatt peak-power motor and a 16.5 kilowatt-hour li-ion battery pack (sourced from Tesla Motors).
Range: 83 miles
Performance: Better than the gas version.
Delivery Date: A small fleet of 250 is being deployed in the U.S., in Portland (Oregon); San Jose and Los Angeles, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Austin, Texas (which hosts Daimler's Car2go car-sharing program); Detroit, Michigan; and the Washington-to-Boston I-95 corridor.
Bottom Line: $44,837, but initial cars will be available for a four-year, $599 a month lease.