The Diminutive Urban Car Goes Electric
France is on a roll, it seems. Not long after announcing a $2.2 billion (1.5 billion Euros) investment in electric car charging stations, Daimler is announcing that it has selected a factory in Hambach, France, to mass produce its Smart Fortwo Electric Drive starting in 2012. Président Sarkozy (nice smile) was present for the announcement, and said that the French government would support the project with various measures adding up to about 15% of the costs.
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Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, made the announcement:
The smart fortwo electric drive proves that emission-free driving in an urban environment is already feasible today. The initial series production will begin now with 1,000 vehicles, the first of which will be delivered to customers by the end of this year. As of 2012, the smart fortwo electric drive will then be part of the regular product program of the smart brand. With our decision to locate production here at the parent plant in Hambach, we are setting the course both for series production of electric vehicles and for the future of this highly innovative assembly plant.
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