2015 Smart ForFour
At a recent press conference in the upgraded Deutsche ACCUmotive facility (owned by Daimler), Managing Director Frank Blome confirmed that the facility will supply batteries not only for the next generation electric smart fortwo, but also for an all-new electric smart forfour.
This would mean that smart continues its commitment towards EVs.
“Deutsche ACCUmotive will be producing the lithium-ion batteries for the upcoming electric versions of the smart fortwo and forfour from 2016 as well as for future hybrid models of Mercedes-Benz. The development and production of our lithium-ion batteries is competitive in every respect. We are in the black at Deutsche ACCUmotive.”
With lithium-ion cell production at nearby Li-Tec to be closed by Daimler by the end of 2016, the new battery pack made at Deutsche ACCUmotive will consist of cells from an external manufacturer (possibly LG Chem).
Eventually, Deutsche ACCUmotive will supply the electric Renault Twingo, that is if the French carmaker decides to introduce an electric version of the smart forfour's brother onto the market.