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New Smart EV delayed  (Source: autonews)
Battery production cited as reason for the delay

One of the more fuel efficient and small cars on the market today is the ForTwo. The car is made by Daimler subsidiary Smart and the third-generation electric version of that little car was supposed to come in the spring of 2012.
The vehicle’s debut has now been delayed until September reports AutoNews. That is a delay of three months from when the car was expected. Daimler has confirmed the change in the launch as resulting from a delay in the battery cells needed for the cars from supplier Li-Tec.
The delay is being cited as unspecified problems in the manufacturing process as the scale of battery cell production was ramped up.
"There are no technical or quality problems with the batteries," the spokeswoman said. "But we don't want to lower our sights in safeguarding quality. That's why we're accepting a delay."
Li-Tech is a sub-supplier of the battery packs for the cars. The main supplier is a joint venture between Daimler and German firm Evonic called Deutsche Accumotive. Li-Tech actually supplies the individual cells inside the main battery pack.
Once the battery issues are cleared, the car will arrive in 30 markets around the world. Smart CEO Annette Winkler cited a production volume for the new EV in the five-figure range.
It remains to be seen if the EV version of the ForTwo will do well in the US. The small Smart vehicle with a gasoline engine hasn’t sold well in America with sales plunging in 2010. In 2010, sales slipped below 100,000 units after selling 114,000 units in 2009.

Source: Autonews

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Why oh why
By Breathless on 12/28/2011 9:59:32 AM , Rating: 1
must green cars be so ugly...

RE: Why oh why
By AssBall on 12/28/2011 10:32:38 AM , Rating: 3
So that people driving practical cars can laugh at them easier.

RE: Why oh why
By Shig on 12/28/2011 10:55:44 AM , Rating: 2
Electric cars are one thing, made by a Daimler subsidy is another.

RE: Why oh why
By dethrophes on 12/28/2011 12:39:33 PM , Rating: 3
Check out the Brabus Smart Roadster
And for me Smart will always be a Mercedes subsidiary.

RE: Why oh why
By Samus on 12/29/2011 12:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, cus' I won't get laughed pulling up in that at work...

Not a smart car at all
By KOOLTIME on 12/28/2011 5:49:47 PM , Rating: 3
Its a tiny car with a WAY OVER PRICED TAG. The car's price doesn't justify its usage at all which is why its selling so poorly.

Sell it for under 10k where it rightly belongs, then see some sales. Like buying a small 1/4ct diamond buy paying the full 1ct price.

Not saving money even though the mpg is good when you have to pay extra 5 to 30k+ in cash alot of these so called gas saver / hybrid / electric cars claim.

45k for a suv hybrid, I got mine for 15k regular uses gas type. It would take me 20+ years driving to spend the 30k difference in cost that car would be before i saw any gas savings due to the hyped up cost of em.

Nobody plans to own a car buying one now, to eventually save money 5-10+ years down the road later on. People want savings right away. The extra cost to buy negates the cost of any gas savings for years on most of these new types of cars.

Bigger Batteries
By Mitch101 on 12/28/2011 9:24:28 AM , Rating: 1
if you took the fur coating off a ZhuZhu pet you would have a smart.

Instead of using two AAA batteries use two AA's instead.

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