Daimler’s Smart plans a full range of EVs – coupé, cabrio and four-seater. Sales start in early 2017.

All models have a new, powerful on-board charger as standard. In the US and Great Britain the charging time is 2.5 hours – half as long as for the predecessor. With the smart control app the charging process can be monitored remoteky and many more functions such as intelligent charging can be controlled.

From 2017 a 22kW fast charger will be available as an option. This enables the smart electric drive to be charged in less than 45 minutes if local conditions allow three-phase charging.

The electric drive two seat models are produced at Hambach in France. The four door is produced at Novo Mesto site in Slovenia.

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.

[1] Electric energy consumption: 13.1 – 12.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 0 g/km

The 60kW (81hp) electric motor drives the rear wheels with maximum torque of 160Nm immediately available from a standstill. The range is about 160km (100 miles).

The maximum speed is electronically limited to 130km/h to maximise range.

As well as the basic transmission mode the driver can select ECO mode. Maximum speed is limited, the accelerator pedal curve adjusted and the maximum recuperation level is pre-selected. In overrun mode or when braking the vehicle’s kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy. The radar-based recuperation, which is active in the basic transmission mode, is anticipatory. The traffic situation is monitored with a radar sensor and a recuperation level that suits the current situation is selected.

To save energy and extend the range, the smart electric drive also features pre-entry climate control. For example, this enables the desired temperature to be reached in the interior while the vehicle is still charging at a socket.

The Fortwo electric drive will be launched in early 2017 in the US where most recently around 25% of all SMARTS sold had battery-electric drive. This will be followed by launch of the two- and four-seat models in Europe.