16.9.2015Electric models to return to Smart range
Smart has announced that a new electric version of the fortwo will be launched, with the four-door forfour also set to become a battery electric vehicle (EV).
The previous Smart ed (electric drive) only came in two-door form but the entire Smart range is set to have an EV option this time around. Daimler, the parent company behind Smart, is collaborating with the Renault Nissan Alliance to help make the new Smart EV a reality.
The companies have already worked together well as the Smart fortwo and forfour are based on the same platform as the Renault Twingo. Smart will use the same electric motor as found in Renault's Zoe to power the two models, while it will produce the battery itself.
No details of performance and economy have been released but the Zoe has an official range of 130 miles and a real range of 103 miles. Much depends on the battery but, considering the forfour weighs more than 400kg less than a Zoe and the fortwo as much as half the weight, the range and performance could easily be better than Renault's larger all-electric hatch as the Zoe's battery weighs 290kg.
Further information will be announced at a later date but it has been confirmed that the two EV Smart models will go on sale in late 2016.