The third-generation smart fortwo Electric Drive will be launched soon to the market following successful trials earlier this year in the UK, where 100 white fortwo Electric Drives were put to the roads.
Smart UK has not given a specific launch date or pricing yet, but we expect the new smart fortwo electric drive to hit the market in 2013!
The new electric smart car will be available both as a coupe and convertible. Instead of a standard petrol or diesel engine, there is a 75bhp electric motor in the engine bay with 130Nm of torque, enabling this small city car reach 0-62 mph in 11.5 seconds, while the range from a fully charged 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is up to 87 miles, depending on driving conditions.
87 miles is not bad, but clearly if you are doing out of town driving it is not enough you need a second car or something with a better range.
There are companies such as Better Place, who have started building battery “switching stations” and plenty of companies who are working on more efficient batteries.
How about electric cars that never have to stop?
The answer could be recharging roads.
Dr Sasson from Stanford University and engineers in his lab are developing a way to wirelessly charge electric cars from magnetic coils embedded into the road. In theory you would never have to make a charging stop again if this technology goes mainstream.
Short history of the smart fortwo ed:
The first generation Smart electric drive vehicles were not built by smart. They were modified by Zytek Electric Vehicles and the field testing began in London with 100 vehicles back in 2007. The all electric fortwo was then available only for lease to corporate clients for £375 per month.
The second generation model was launched in 2009 with a total of 2,000 units in 18 markets around the world for leasing or through the Car2Go carsharing service in selected cities.
The third-generation Smart electric drive will be available in 30 markets worldwide and smart has already revealed pricing for it in U.S. where it starts from $25,000, making it the cheapest EV in America. German pricing is also known and its starts at 19,900 Euros for the Coupe, or 15,890 Euros if the customer chooses the 65 Euro per month battery leasing scheme.
UK pricing is expected to start from £14,000.