A story in The Wall Street Journal says that Daimler AG will start a pilot program for the electric version of its Smart minicar in China. Daimler is reportedly considering which Chinese cities to test the cars in.
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.