The battery-powered version of the small Smart car is also going to have the smallest price tag for an electric car from a major maker.
Smart USA, which is now part of Mercedes-Benz, says it is going to price the two-seater at $25,000 before tax rebates. The convertible version, called the cabriolet will retail at $28,000 when both come to the U.S. next spring. The base price is about $8,000 less than other electrics like the Nissan Leaf.
"A signature characteristic of the Smart brand is its commitment not only to being green but to making people think differently about it," said Tracey Matura, general manager of Smart in a statement. "Green can be fun. Green can be affordable. And a lot of us don't really need a four-seater, or at least not for every trip."