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How Do You Make An Electric Car? Smart Shows You

If you read our reviews a few months back, you’ll be aware that the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is a much better car than its predecessors.

In third-generation form, it’s quicker and has a greater range, but is now available to buy as well as lease–and it’s the cheapest electric car on sale in the U.S.

Smart has always been a “green” company, and that continues with production of the third-generation Electric Drive, on the same line as its gasoline and diesel counterparts.

Green before it leaves the factory

The German automaker’s factory is in Hambach, in eastern France. Known as “Smartville”, the factory has long been one of Europe’s cleanest plants.

Many of the car’s part suppliers are on site, reducing transport to the plant. Energy-intensive painting is kept to a minimum, as most of the Fortwo’s body panels are pre-colored plastic. Waste water is treated on-site, and even the exterior of the plant is clad in a fast-growing renewable wood.

Like the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the Electric Drive model is being built on the same production line as other variants–a first for Smart.


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