Smart cars, which reached the market a decade ago, originally measured just 250 centimeters long, thus allowing them to be easy to park in crowded city locales. The first electric Smart car was introduced early in 2008. A second generation electric version of the Smart Fortwo, which uses a 14 kW-hr battery, was scheduled to begin production in November, 2009.
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
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