The Washington Times - May 14, 2013, 02:54PM

Here it comes, all nine-feet of it. Mercedes-Benz USA has started rolling out the “smart for two” electric car to local dealerships, “billed as the most affordable electric vehicle in the U.S. - with the smallest footprint of any car on American roads.”

And hip, too. Please, no capitalization on the name.

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Naturally, Mercedes offers some exclusive features on the micro-mobile.

It can be ordered as a convertible. It features a patented “safety cell” around the driver that functions like a race car’s roll cage. It can be customized in 6,000 possible combinations and has has a mile-per-gallon equivalent of 122 miles in the city on a full charge.

Cost? It’s about $25,000, though ‘smart’ can be had for just under $20,000 should a customer opt to rent the battery for $80 a month. There are myriad smart phone and tablet interfaces with the company’s websites, plus a “range cloud” that gauges how far that teeny car can go on its existing charge.

Dimensions? smart models are just under nine feet long, 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. All smart vehicles are designed to be 85 percent recyclable and over 95 percent reclaimable - but they do not hail from these shores. All are produced in France.

“Green can be fun. Green can be affordable. And a lot of us don’t really need a four-seater, or at least not for every trip. ‘smart’ is about rightsizing for your transportation needs and also for your wallet,” insists Mark Webster, general manager in charge of smart manufacturing.

See more here: Smartusa.com