31.8.2017Smart showcases electric, connected and autonomous vision EQ
Smart will present the vision EQ fortwo at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, with the concept joining the Mercedes EQ range as the two Daimler brands push forward with electric models.
The compact car company already offers an electric version of each of its three models, but the smart vision EQ fortwo showcases possible future design ideas, and also connected and autonomous driving technologies.
Designed to work in a world where public transport fetures a greater degree of car sharing, the smart vision EQ fortwo uses self-driving technology to the extent that the steering wheel and pedals have been removed.
This frees up more space in the interior for passengers to relax in, while the vehicle can be used for personal use, for ride sharing, or loaned out to others.
The bodywork is able to be customised, primarily thanks to the large panel at the front and projection panels at each side, which can display messages. LED displays that replace conventional headlights can change to take on a sportier or more normal look, or display an eye-like shape even.
Rear lights can display more information including warnings or traffic information, and the front panel can either be used for personal messages, or to communicate with other road users and pedestrians.
Powertrain details are light, though smart says the concept uses a 30kWh battery which can feed into the grid as well as draw from it - providing smart energy storage. Considering the existing and similarly sized smart fortwo coupe ed can cover 99 miles (official) from its 17.6 kWh battery, a range of around 170 miles would be available from the vision smart EQ fortwo, ignoring any further advances in efficiency from the company.
The model is purely a concept, but many of the features - such as improved electric range and new design elements - are likely to appear on the next generation of smart models. The fact that the EQ name has been used indicates that Daimler is intending on including smart in Mercedes' EQ electric brand plans.