Smart Scheduled To Have An All-Electric Range In Europe By 2020

Daimler has revealed that its Smart brand will feature solely all-electric in European markets by the end of the decade.

The announcement was made by Daimler’s chairman of the board of management and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, Dieter Zetsche, at the annual shareholders’ meeting.

The company has already switched over to all-electric in North America for the 2018 model year.

The updated ForTwo and ForFour Electric Drive models that are already on sale throughout Europe utilize an 81 HP electric motor sending power to the rear wheels through a single-speed gearbox. They have has a maximum range of 100 miles (160 km/h), can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 11.5 seconds and top out at 81 mph (130 km/h).

All Smart Electric Drive models come equipped with a 7kW onboard charger that allows them to charge to full capacity in 2.5 hours with a 16 A charger, or six hours through a standard household socket.

Despite being city cars, the Smart EVs are comprehensively equipped and feature leather upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, an infotainment system with navigation and rear parking sensors.

During the shareholders’ meeting, Zetsche also confirmed that the company will offer at least one electrified model in each segment by 2022.

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  • Steel Punk

    It’s a good move I think. These are terrible for highways so owners are going to drive em in the cities anyway.

  • GlobalPostitpad

    160km range is pants. German Smart site says it is a 4.6kW charger, not 7kW.
    The 22kw fast charge capability also costs 800 euro more in Germany.
    The product they offer had better improve by 2020.

  • Makes sense. Who on earth wants to go for cross-country trip in these? Perfect for cities though.

  • smartacus
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