Current-Gen Smart Fortwo Electric Drive To Be Sold Alongside New Smart Fortwo Until Late 2016, Early 2017

MAR 21 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Current Smart Fortwo ED

Current Smart Fortwo ED

All-New 2016 Smart Fortwo

All-New 2016 Smart Fortwo

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait quite some time ’til the new Smart Fortwo arrives in electric form.

Per AutoblogGreen:

“The biggest thing to happen to the tiny Smart Fortwo in years is the redesign that we followed in the second half of 2014. While the internal combustion version of the new Fortwo will arrive in in the US later this year, we will have to wait “approximately a year after that” for the the EV version to come here.”

Smart will continue to sell the current Fortwo electric alongside the all-new Fortwo ICE until late 2016 or even early 2017.

Why must we wait so long for the new Fortwo electric?  It’s mostly due to Smart’s limited resources.  The automaker can’t bring to market several all-new cars at the same time, so first up is the ICE Fortwo, then work begins in earnest on electrifying it.

At least Smart remains fully committed to electric cars.  Mark Webster, the general manager of Smart USA, stated:

“We have other models we’re working on down the road that are dedicated EVs.”

Webster provided no additional details and his comment could apply to Daimler as a whole, not just to Smart.

Source: AutoblogGreen

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6 Comments on "Current-Gen Smart Fortwo Electric Drive To Be Sold Alongside New Smart Fortwo Until Late 2016, Early 2017"

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OK – so will they be able to justify the Wait for the North American Model Smart EV for 2016 – by saying – “We heard your comments – and added 6.6 kW Charging, and an optional Fast Charger – your choice of CCS or CHAdeMO!”

Would that not say – they are telling you that they are – in fact – Listening, and not simply telling you what they will install is what is best for you?

Funny, Their German HQ told me in an email echange that the car was intended for City use only, so they did not give a faster charging option for the car (Even though they put 22 kW AC availability on it in Europe, or at least in Germany), even though I told them that most public charging delivers at least 6.6 kW or higher, and that if paying – Smart ED Drivers are getting hammered, since they can only use 1/2 of the available power, but are being billed as though they used it all, with their little 3.3 kW on-board AC Charging design!

So – let’s see if the make the next version better in that aspect, too!

jon

With falling battery prices it will most likely have ccs charging. CCS will grow at a faster rate then chademo once the first 200 mile bevs hit the streets.

EVer

17,693 miles on my Smart ED.

Have never charged at a public charger, there is no need to

70-80 miles per charge.

Bill Howland

I think the earlier Tesla equipment charged at 3.3 kw, but the current incar charger is 3 kw so they went backwards.

On a related note, does anyone know of any car besides the I3 which will charge at 120 volts @ 16 amps?

Just_chris

Roadster ev? Really the new smat 4 2 is less good looking than the 2nd gen so I suspect there isn’t an issue with the delay but a roadster would be fun.

Ocean Railroader

I really hope they had quick charging to this car and raise the range to a 120 miles a charge.