Smart Details Plan To Go Electric-Only In Europe, Worldwide
Smart hopes to be the first automaker to make a complete transition to electric-only vehicles in the near future in all global markets and adds some fun to the equation.
As we reported a while back, smart already made it known that it will no longer sell ICE vehicles in the U.S. for the 2018 model year.
The automaker has also announced that Norway would only see its EVs from now on as well. Despite several reports that this would lead to a decrease in sales and that some dealerships would be forced to end sales and bail out — at least in the U.S. — the micro-car maker has plans to push this concept into the rest of Europe, and eventually the world.
Starting in 2020, you will no longer be able to buy an ICE smart car in Europe and this will prove true in all other markets shortly thereafter.
This comes after the automaker premiered its vision EQ fortwo electric autonomous city car at the recent Frankfort Motor Show.
At the time, smart Chief, Annette Winkler, shared:
“The smart vision EQ fortwo is our vision for urban mobility of the future; it is the most radical car sharing concept car ever to be developed: fully autonomous, highly communicative, friendly, extensively customisable and, of course, electric.”
According to the company:
New individualisation options help users to recognise that it is “their” vehicle: by means of the Black Panel grille at the front as well as large projection surfaces at the sides, the smart vision EQ fortwo allows unprecedented individualisation of the vehicle – ideal for car sharing. Freed from the task of driving, the passengers are able to relax in the large interior.
The smart vision EQ fortwo has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 30 kWh. When it is not in use the vehicle automatically heads for a charging station to recharge its battery. Alternatively, the cars can “dock” onto the power grid inductively, supply electricity and ease the load on the grid as a “swarm battery”. Here smart is assuming an important function in the transition towards sustainable energy.
Smart also solidified more details regarding its current and future range of vehicles.
The automaker is offering a new interactive way to experience and compare these models via a smartphone app coined “experienc-e“. You can get the app on iOS or Android. It uses a 3D model, component scanner, and range simulator to allow the consumer to manipulate the vehicle via their device, scan an actual vehicle and learn more information about it, or calculate its range based on personalized parameters.
Smart’s goal is to take the fun-to-drive, highly customizable lineup and make it an equally fun experience for the car shopper and owner. The automaker aims to continue on a unique and innovative path that’s never really been visited before by any previous vehicle lineup, which makes perfect sense for the quirky, electric city car.