PARIS – With the production launch of its second-generation Smart Fortwo electric cars now under way in Hambach, Germany, Daimler AG already is focused on the third-generation model, due in 2012. However, the next Smart Fortwo EV will be powered by Daimler’s own batteries, made by its joint venture with Evonik Industries AG, called Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG. A battery plant currently is under construction in Kamenz, northeast of Dresden. Daimler currently is building 1,000 ...

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