Smart Fortwo_BEV ready for production with second generation electric drive. [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Smart_Fortwo_BEV1.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 15, 2009 Smart is readying their BEV for worldwide availability. Price still unknown however. From mid November 2009 the new Smart Fortwo electric drive will roll off the production line in Hambach, France. Unlike its predecessor, the electrically driven Fortwo of the second generation is fitted with a 14 kWh Li-Ion pack provided by Tesla and housed in a space-saving position between the axles. A 40 HP/89 lb-ft. of torque electric motor is fitted at the rear. The fortwo BEVs range is 84 miles with a top speed limited to 62 mph. The new Smart Fortwo BEV is initially being leased to customers in Berlin, other urban centers in Europe and the USA who will subject the Fortwo to real-world testing. From 2012, it will be available everywhere to anyone interested.