German car brand smart, part of the Daimler group is set to become the only car manufacturer worldwide to offer its entire model range with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive. The new electric smart family will be world debut this year at the Paris Motor Show.
The new smart electric drive makes opting into electric mobility easier than ever. Soon zero-emission driving fun can be experienced not only in the smart fortwo coupé and smart fortwo cabrio, but for the first time also in the four-seater smart forfour.
Annette Winkler, Head of smart commented;
“smart was designed for electric drive right from start and ‘living electric’ is our motto as an electric car pioneer.
The launch of the new generation smart electric drive is imminent and, needless to say, for our whole product portfolio, the fortwo, the forfour and our cabrio, which enables electric driving to be experienced particularly intensively. The perfect car for the city is getting the perfect drive for the city, enabling our customers to experience unique driving fun at extremely attractive and affordable prices, especially in those countries where a buyer’s premium has been granted.”
The driving characteristics will be as agile and lively as ever. The ultra-small turning circle also contributes to this, and at 6.95 metres for the two-seater it corresponds precisely to that of its sibling with conventional drive. Personalisation is well catered with regard to colours and optional equipment – electric driving at smart is to offer maximum scope for customisation.
The charging time is an important factor for electric vehicle customers and the new smart electric drive also boasts major improvements here.
The smart is equipped with a battery from the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. The company based in Kamenz, Saxony, has been building the electric heart of the smart electric drive since 2012. Entering the new field of business with stationary battery storage also opens up interesting synergies for smart electric drive vehicles.
For example, the innovative replacement part and second use storage concept offers great potential for sustainable mobility.
The smart fortwo coupé electric drive, smart fortwo cabrio electric drive and the smart forfour electric drive are powered by the same electric motor. The drive is produced in Renault‘s plant in Clèon, Northern France.
After the world premiere in Paris, the new smart fortwo electric drive will be launched in the USA before the end of the year, where most recently around 25 percent of all smarts sold had battery-electric drive. This will be followed by market launch of the two-seater and four-seater in Europe in early 2017.
With the smart forfour being a remixed Renault Twingo, is a French firm set to launch an electric twingo bringing EV motoring to the masses.