Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the world premiere oft he new smart electric drive family.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the world premiere oft he new smart electric drive family.

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 forfour

smart electric drive forfour

  • 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 cabrio forfour
Motor Separately excited three-phase synchronous motor
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Battery capacity (kWh) 17.6
Output electric motor (kW/hp) 60/81
Torque electric motor (Nm) 160
Efficiency class A+
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 11.5 11.8 12.7
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.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the world premiere of the new smart electric drive family.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the world premiere of the new smart electric drive family.

New lineup of smart Electric Drive vehicles

New lineup of smart Electric Drive vehicles