Daimler announced back in June that the smart ed was “ready for small series production,” but the only date given was that the cars would come to the UK in “early 2010.” Today, we learn that the first production second-generation smart eds will roll off the company’s Hambach, France production line in “mid November 2009.” The first batch of 2nd edition smart eds will be used in the on-going tests taking place in major European cities (coming soon to the U.S.) with the “available to anyone interested” starting in 2012. Berliners will get first crack at leasing the smart eds later this year (leases will be for four years and 60,000 kilometers), with residents of Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Milan, Pisa and Madrid on the short list for the near future.
The smart ed has a range of 71 miles from the Tesla-sourced 14 kWh lithium-ion battery. The car’s 30 kW electric motor produces 120 Newton metres of torque and can accelerate the tiny thing from 0 to 60 km/h in 6.5 seconds.
In related news, the American spec 2009 smart fortwo today achieved the “strongest roof” rating among competing micro and mini cars in tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Gallery: smart ed
[Source: Daimler, Smart USA]
Second edition smart ed will go into series production in November originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.