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.
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
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