Smart Electric Drive ForTwo & ForFour At The Paris Motor Show
Smart unveiled it new family of electric cars this week from Paris, and become the first brand to offer all the models (all 3 of them) in conventional ICE versions and all-electric versions.
- smart electric drive fortwo
- smart electric drive cabrio
- smart electric drive forfour
Some of the changes for the generational switch-over for the smart EDs:
- 60 kW electric motors from Renault
- 17.6 kWh batteries with LG Chem li-ion cells
- all-new design
- new model smart electric drive forfour based on the Renault Twingo (joint project with Renault)
Disappointing of course, is that smart didn’t increased battery capacity for its cars – resulting in an only marginal range improvement via new efficiency. We suppose this is a result of the brand’s “city driving” status, and lets the MSRP pricing stay low.
Daimler states that the new smart ED will travel up to 160 km/100 miles (NEDC), which is a 10% improvement over the current generation in Europe; translating that to a real world/EPA metric, the 2017 smart ED will get about 75 miles of range as compared to the 68 miles found in the first generation model.
Both the two and four seat Electric Drive will be available in early 2017 for Europe (mostly – the UK has to wait until the 2018 model year for RHD version), while the two seat ForTwo ED arrive in the US in December.
The data for the new smart electric drive at a glance:
|smart electric drive||fortwo||fortwo
|Motor||Separately excited three-phase synchronous motor|
|Battery capacity (kWh)||17.6|
|Output electric motor (kW/hp)||60/81|
|Torque electric motor (Nm)||160|
0-100 km/h (s)
|Range NEDC (km)||160||155||155|
|Maximum speed (km/h)||130|
|Charging time, 20-100% at a household socket (h)||6 (WEU/UK), 13 (USA)|
|Charging time, 20-100% Wallbox (h)||3.5 (WEU), 2.5 (UK/USA)|
|Price1 from (euro)||21,940||25,200||22,600|
1Recommended retail price for Germany incl. 19% VAT.