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Tesla Batteries to Power EV Smart Car

To those of us who were starting to wonder whether Tesla would ever do anything useful for non-millionaires, we now have proof they will. Though they are still stalled on the manufacturing plant for their less-expensive sedan, they will be helping to produce cheaper electric vehicles.

Specifically, they'll be providing the battery packs for Daimler's electric Smart Car! Elon Musk made the announcement after I left the Detroit Auto Show (nothing important ever happens on the third day of the show!!)

According to Musk, the program is already well underway and they already have a prototype battery pack ready. The pack will find it's way into 1000 pure-electric smart cars in the next year or so, and a portion of those will be coming to the U.S. for testing in urban markets in 2010.

This is the kind of collaboration that's really exciting to hear about. And though I'd like to see more than a paltry 1,000 pure EV Smarts out there, until the infrastructure starts getting in place, it'll be difficult to sell these things in the cities where they are most practical.

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written by set abominea, January 14, 2009
Its still ugly and a death trap... I don't care if it passed the 40mph crash test... if and f-150 or bigger hits that game over man.. when you make an EV that looks like a CamaroRX-8MustangSupra.. on a side note I did look at one of these at a dealer in Western FL... what kind of a car company wont even give you a spare tire.. nah here's a can of fix-a-flat and an air pump... gee thanks that's really gonna help when the tire shred... and wtf is look here canada levitra with the price 13k... I can get a Toyota Yaris for that price and unlike the "smart" I can actually carry things like... people in it.. in summary this car is a fail and online levitra uk shouldn't be payed any attention
written by Luke, January 14, 2009
Its still ugly and a death trap... I don't care if it passed the 40mph crash test... if and f-150 or bigger hits that game over man..

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written by Bart, January 14, 2009
@set The fewer SUVs we have on the roads, the less we have to worry about cars being "death traps". They've had these things on the roads for YEARS in Europe. I was in Italy in 2002 and they weren't uncommon, so I'd think they'd have all the safety kinks worked out by now?
written by Marie Currie, January 15, 2009
How can I get on a list to test drive or get an electric Smart Car?
I'd buy electric without an extensive in
written by Jonathan, January 15, 2009
If I could charge it at home with a regular outlet I wouldn't worry too much about an absence of electric charging stations.
written by Andy Rolfe, January 28, 2009
I've owned several petrol and diesel SMART cars and love them. Although they are small and light, they are not that aerodynamic which is probably why the "gas mileage" is worse than people expect. An electric version with anything close to the Tesla performance would be awesome - bring it on!

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