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.


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.

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