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The Smart car, fighting US sales, is getting a jolt the seats.

That is where the battery pack sits in the new version of the two-seater, located its 8.7-gallon gas tank used to be.

The ForTwo Electric Drive its local debut yesterday at the Chambers dealership in Somerville. a cue from BMW, which its prototype electric Mini last year to 500 American Smart is bringing 250 test of its electric car to the United States. will be available through lease programs, but most be sold to corporate fleets.

Smart plans to build before official production in 2012. The four-year lease is to cost $31,500, about more than the most gasoline-powered Smart, according to Kaufman, one of the brand s vice

What we re really trying to here is the electrification of transportation, he

The Smart car, made by AG. was introduced in Europe in 1998, and to the US market two years ago, gas prices hovered around $4. 25,000 of the tiny two-seaters sold that year.

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Now fuel prices have Smart has struggled to market a with scant luggage and average fuel economy. s US sales through June are 61 percent over last with only 577 sold month. Herb Chambers, who two Smart dealerships, says in a good month, he sells up to 20 of the

If fuel were $4 a gallon, wouldn t be a car sitting here, said in his Somerville showroom.


than green wheels, and two circular gauges atop the to show battery life and power, there s no apparent from the regular Smart. cables stow inside the and the motor and other electrical hide under the cargo

Despite adding roughly 300 worth of batteries engineered by Tesla Motors, the 8-foot, ForTwo barely weighs a Maximum speed tops out at 60 per hour and its range is 84 miles. A charge from a standard takes about eight

Later this year, a of electric cars is expected to go on from Nissan. Chevrolet, and Coda, a California start-up. of electric cars can qualify for up to in federal tax credits.

SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars

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