Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Lease Price Reduced To Just $139

From overpriced to price war, electric car costs are plummeting on an almost monthly basis it seems. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive fired the first shots with a MSRP under $25,000 before tax credits, and now they’ve gone and done it again, chopping the lease price down from $199 a month to just $139 a month.

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Smart’s Battery Leasing Scheme Proves Popular

Battery leasing for electric cars is all the rage in Europe, shaving thousands of dollars off of the asking price in exchange for a small monthly lease payment. Smart has deployed this strategy in the U.S. market, and almost 90% of ForTwo Electric Drive buyers opted to lease the battery for $5,000 off the asking price.

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The Changing Price Of Electric Cars

The nice thing about new technology is that, eventually, it drops in price. A flatscreen HDTV used to cost thousands, now there is one in most homes in America. Laptops once cost as much as a compact car; now you can get one for a week’s worth of minimum wage work. The same thing seems to be happening to electric and hybrid cars. The Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt are expecting significant price cuts in the near future, and cars like the Nissan Leaf and Smart ForTwo Electric Drive have already shaved thousands from their MSRP.

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2013 Smart ForTwo Offered With Battery Leasing

Smart USA will start allowing their American customers the option to lease Smart ForTwo Electric Drive batteries so they don’t have to pay the full initial $25,750 cost of the car. This will make the already-affordable Smart EV downright cheap. A cheap EV? What a novel idea!

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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Coming To America

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will boast a driving range that exceeds that of most of its competitors by a substantial amount, as well as that premium Mercedes feel.

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Smart EVs Used For Italian Soccer Video Game

There is something inherently geeky about electric cars, and as a geek, I can’t help but appreciate the similarities between EVs and video games. Apparently I’m not the only one. At the recent Bologna Auto Show, two Smart ForTwo Electric Drive EVs were linked to a soccer simulator. Simple, but effective, and perhaps in the future an even more viable marketing tool.

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“Smartville” Is Where The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Is Born

New tactics in production efficiency aren’t just cutting emissions; they’re cutting costs. Mercedes-owned Smart is currently ramping up production of its Smart ForTwo Electric Drive EV, and the company has given the press a sneak peek at one of Europe’s greenest factories, affectionately-dubbed “Smartville.”

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