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5 tiny cars with a green streak

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Smart fortwo electric drive
Smart fortwo electric drive
  • Starting price: $25,000, coupe; $28,000, cabriolet
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 122 mpge
    • Highway - 93 mpge

This Smart electric model has been tested and perfected on European roadways since 2007. While the 2012 EV model was available for lease only in the U.S., you can buy the 2013 model outright.

The two-passenger fortwo electric drive EV -- measuring at 8 feet 8 inches long -- looks, feels and has the same safety features as its gas/electric hybrid sibling, which is even cheaper than the all-electric at a 2013 base price of $12,490.

The EV version also has more of a kick than the 2012 electric model, with 47 horsepower, up from 27. With top speeds of 78 miles per hour and the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds, it appears that this car may be the perfect answer for urban drivers who want to plug in and go, according to technology blog Engadget. It will arrive in the U.S. market this year.


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