Daimler Presents Prototype Of The New Smart EV, Launches Late 2016

JUN 14 2016 BY MARK KANE 28

The fourth generation of the electric smart

The fourth generation of the electric smart

The 4th generation of the smart fortwo electric drive (or smart ED if you will) is coming soon!

The official unveiling is scheduled for the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, but Daimler is already presenting the prototype EV today.

The new electric smart will once again be available in both a coupé and cabrio version as it is today; but the next generation offering will also see an all-new, all-electric four seater option – the forfour electric drive.

Daimler boasts that the addition of the forfour ED will turn smart into world’s first manufacturer who offers a full line-up of both gasoline and electric versions … of course only offering 2 models under the entire brand makes this not quite as impressive as if, say, Mercedes was making the same claim.

Sales of the 4th gen smart fortwo electric drive will begin later this year in U.S., followed by a launch in Europe for early 2017.  More detailed specs will be announced at the live debut in Paris in the Fall.

The Daimler press release suggests that forfour electric drive will be launched also early 2017, but only in Europe – which confirms earlier company statements that it will not arrive in the US any time soon.

“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.”

The electric motors found in both the fortwo ED and forfour ED will be supplied by Renault.

“The smart fortwo coupé electric drive, the 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.”

The electric motor of the fourth generation smart electric drive.

The electric motor of the fourth generation smart electric drive.

The electric motor of the fourth generation smart electric drive.

The electric motor of the fourth generation smart electric drive.

The electric motor of the fourth generation smart electric drive.

The electric motor of the fourth generation smart electric drive.

Batteries packs on the other hand will be supplied by Daimler’s Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, but also using LG Chem lithium-ion cells.

smart fortwo electric drive - battery

smart fortwo electric drive – battery

Press release:

The fourth generation of the smart electric drive prototype

The fourth generation of the smart electric drive prototype

Under the microscope: the new smart electric drive: Zero-emission driving fun in the fourth generation

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. In future smart will be 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 celebrating its world premiere this year at the Paris Motor Show.

“smart was designed for electric drive right from start and ‘living electric’ is our motto as an electric car pioneer”, says Annette Winkler, Head of smart. “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. And every wish will be catered to with regard to colours and optional equipment – electric driving at smart offers 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 (see section on “stationary energy storage”).

The smart fortwo coupé electric drive, the 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.

Electric history at smart

With the start of the first electrically driven test fleet in 2007 in London, smart also took on a pioneering role in the field of electric mobility when 100 smart fortwo electric drives took to the roads of the British capital – with great success.

smart fortwo electric drive - car2go

smart fortwo electric drive – car2go

As early as 2009 smart launched the second generation of the smart fortwo electric drive; the model was introduced in 18 markets. The objective was to gather as much experience as possible about how customers use and charge electric vehicles. The huge demand exceeded all expectations. Instead of the planned 1000 vehicles more than 2000 smart fortwo electric drives were produced in Hambach.

From June 2012 the third generation smart fortwo electric drive also succeeded in winning wide-ranging buyers for its innovative and forward-looking drive concept. Moreover, in 2013 the smart fortwo was the first all-electric vehicle from a European importer in China. In Germany, the electric smart established itself as the market leader among battery-electric vehicles within a very short space of time with a market share of around 40 percent and was able to maintain this position for three years in a row.

The smart electric drive also contributed to the success of the brand as part of the car2go fleet with 1,400 cars in three cities. As car2go vehicles alone, the smart ed has covered more than 35 million km in demanding everyday usage since the launch.

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28 Comments on "Daimler Presents Prototype Of The New Smart EV, Launches Late 2016"

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LOL smart actually think they are EV pioneers. What fools.

It would be weird if a PR team said that they weren’t. Given the size of sales they make, are large portion of their fleet gas been EDs. Besides, fundamentally without Smart, there would be no Tesla.

It’s smart that you get that – “Besides, fundamentally without Smart, there would be no Tesla.”, few people realize that it was not realy the US Government Loan, or Toyota, but rather Daimler, on seeing the Roadster powered smart EV conversion that Tesla made to show they could help them, that made Daimler drop $50 Million on Tesla at a crucial time!

The Renault motor is good news, because of its high efficiency, but if they put a bigger battery in, is the real question.

Am hoping if this is the R40 motor. Am praying if it’s more than improved. If they have an 80, 100 or 120kW motor, then we would have a fecking rocket to the likes of the Spark EV! A premium would be justified for its performance.

Regarding the pack size, everyone seems skeptical, but they managed to fit over 16 (or 17) kWh into the space of the car’s width and the length of the seats! From 2012 or 13! I’m hoping, but won’t be surprised if Smart said that they managed to fit 27 kWh in there while improving the efficiency.

What did this article say? Nothing? kWh? kW? range? fast charging?…

I guess the answers to all these questions will be rather disappointing.

I believe the current range is 68 miles. So let’s hope the new one is in line with other Mercedes upgrades and nearly doubles.

It would be a complete mystery if Daimler hasn’t used better cells fir the new Smart ED. Aren’t they their forefront in electric mobility?

Anyway, I hope they do. It would make no market sense to use old technology in a market that advances like the phone or computer industry.

A better case scenario would bs that Daimler would postpone the launch until it sourced some new cells. Best case scenario, this might pump out 100 EPA miles and we would sung the Smart Car loads of praise for its energy density.

It’s hard to beat the range , room and driving experience of the Chevy SPARK EV not to mention low price. It’s the world leader in best deals on pure electrics each month. The $139 a month lease is very good. Smart-ED needs to get much smarter.

The Spark EV could have been an actual commercial proposition; GM did actual engineering and produced a good subcompact BEV.

However, GM chose not to make it an actual product by not selling it anywhere outside a few (CARB ZEV) US states. Not in Europe or elsewhere.
It therefore doesn’t have a “price” per se — GM needs to get rid of inventory since they’ve stopped production.

Spark is one of the ugliest cars on the road

And the SparkEV is only sold in a handful of CARB states in limited numbers.

Hopefully the Smart ED will be a 50 state car.

The smart is a pretty terrible platform for a BEV. Little room for batteries and it’s not very aerodynamic. Then again if you’re smart, you don’t exactly have a lot of… err… any choice on platform 🙂

Well, they managed to fit 16kWh of 2012 technology into the same size as the PiP’s pack.

The fortwo and similar city cars are largely designed for, and purchased by urbanites. Even in their ICE forms, aerodynamics, high top speed, and long range are low priorities. Nearly every aspect of city car design values maximum space efficiency in the smallest possible footprint.

That monstrous thing is an electric motor? No wonder they are behind! This is what an electric drive train should look like:

That there is a combined unit of the electric motor and, charger inverter. They’ve all grown small enough to be the size of an engine to reduce any efficiency loss over a length of wires.

Well, if it is the renault motor, it suddenly got 3 phase charging for free, that means at 11 or 22kW charging it is full within 1.5 or 1 hour.

Yes, it’s a neat little package. Clean and simple like it should be.

Tesla designs from first principles. They don’t have a whole division of engine guys telling them where the motor/engine goes. Hence the clean minimalist design.

That’s a Tesla “skateboard”, isn’t it?

Wait, how can that be? Serial Tesla bashers all assure us Tesla has no proprietary technology, and that any other auto maker can easily duplicate what they’re doing! 😀 [/snark]

Seeing as it is a French design and manufacture, it is BOUND to be a UNIQUE piece of equipment.

And it might be best to reserve judgement since I’ve never heard of the Smart EV’s having drive troubles – whereas plenty of Tesla’s products put in either the Rav4EV, or Roadster, or “S”, or the Mercedes mini-suv EV I remember seeing news reports of problems.

If the “UGLY” French motor and drive ends up performing well, why not? You don’t normally see it everyday anyway.

The nly French equipment I’m intimately familiar with (granted, different company ) is Telemechanique. The designs were a bit ‘delicate’, but performance of them was fine as long as you took the time to be well aware of the product’s limitations – but then any problems there would have to be placed at the salesmen not informing the purchaser.

Nothing innately wrong with the product itself.

How “intimate” are we talking?

To paraphrase the movie “The Truth About Cats & Dogs”, it is OK to love our EV’s, we just can LOVE our EV’s…..

(/sarc and /jk, in case it wasn’t clear)

Here’s hoping 98 miles and CCS or CHAdeMO for USA plus 6.6 kW AC charging!

LOL! The Smart must be aging, its grown jowls!

I want to know does it have higher level DCQC ability?