The big question is, What will drivers be willing to pay for a car that has such a limited range? The less ambitious, golf-cart-like minicars -- DaimlerChrysler's Gem and Ford's Neighbor -- come in below $8,000, even with the required safety equipment, such as seatbelts, rollover protection, and bumpers. The City, by contrast, despite its low-cost materials and manufacturing methods, is pricey: in Europe, where it's already available, it sells for the equivalent of about $25,000. Granted, the high fuel prices in Europe, as well as sizeable subsidies there for environmentally friendly vehicles, make that price tag more palatable. Ford plans to bring a modified version of the City to the United States late next year, and to lease, not sell, it. The lease arrangement being contemplated will run motorists about $150 a month -- a fee that's comparable to what one might pay for a gasoline-powered car that's far more versatile.