With a gasoline, diesel, hybrid and now an all-electric variant, it has a propulsion solution for any contingency. [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Smart_Fortwo_EV_in_San_Jose.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 3, 2008 Smart Fortwo EV -- New Li-Ion’s may allow over 80 miles AER and an 80 mph top speed. Hambach – Ten years ago one of the world's most unusual vehicles was launched. It was both new and different compared to vehicles of the time given it was a compact with just two seats and measured slightly less than eight feet in length. Today, the one millionth Smart Fortwo rolled off the assembly line at the plant in Hambach, France - a Silver Passion Fortwo equipped with the 71 HP engine and micro hybrid drive (mhd). Along with the production milestone, its tenth birthday was celebrated with Daimler presenting the next evolution in propulsion, the Smart Fortwo electric drive (ED). Smart Fortwo goes Electric At the end of 2007, Smart started a pilot project in London with the Smart Fortwo electric drive. With selected fleet customers, testing began in earnest with 100 electric drive equipped vehicles to gain real-world experience. Not only are Fortwo’s with electric drive extremely quiet but are also highly efficient and produce no local emissions. As a zero-emission car, the Smart Fortwo ED enjoys tax advantages and forgoes London’s infamous congestion charge. This makes it a particularly attractive as an environmentally friendly alternative in a larger city. Production of the electrically driven Fortwo with lithium-ion battery technology is planned for 2010. "From the end of 2009 we will produce a small series of the smart fortwo electric drive with a lithium-ion battery", Dr. Dieter Zetsche said. The predecessor of the smart fortwo electric drive, the Smart Fortwo EV (electric vehicle), celebrated its world premiere in 2006. Since 2007 a fleet with a total of 100 smart fortwo electric drives of the first generation has been tested in everyday service in London. The first Smart Fortwo EV was equipped with a sodium-nickel-chloride battery; the second generation will include a lithium-ion battery with higher performance and a much longer service life. Smart Success The Smart Fortwo is extremely popular with Italians and Germans with two-thirds of all units produced sold in these two countries. More importantly, one in every five Smart’s sold in Italy and Germany is the 71mpgUS combined diesel variant Smart Fortwo cdi. In addition to the European cdi turbo diesel, the Smart Fortwo can currently be equipped with a gasoline engine including mhd (micro hybrid drive). Mhd uses a an intelligent start/stop system that has been available to customers in Europe since the autumn of 2007. This version automatically shuts down the engine as soon as the car's speed falls below 5 mph and the brake pedal is depressed. With release of the brake pedal, the engine starts back up again. Overall fuel consumption of the mhd equipped Smart Fortwo’s is reduced by almost 10% vs. the conventionally powered 61 and 71 HP models. Starting next month, both the 61 HP and 71 HP gasoline models will be equipped with the user-friendly start/stop system technology standard.