Electric Drive Motors Added to 2 Smart Cars Vehicles

Green Car Reports - April 10, 2013

Smart is dou­bling up with elec­tric dri­ve motors in two of its next gen­er­a­tion small cars the ForT­wo and the For­Four mod­els, on dis­play at the New York Auto Show.

Get the strat­e­gy behind reviv­ing the For­Four name.

Smart is dou­bling up on elec­tric vehi­cles with its next gen­er­a­tion small cars–as its Elec­tric Dri­vce will come in both two- and four-seat for­mats.

It’s been known for a while that Smart would revive the For­Four name with its next city car.

The com­pa­ny pre­vi­ous­ly sold a car with this name in Europe between 2004 and 2006, but the Mit­subishi-based hatch­back lacked inno­va­tion next to oth­er Smart mod­els, with a con­ven­tion­al front-engined, front-wheel dri­ve lay­out.

The next mod­el is being co-devel­oped with Renault, which recent­ly showed of hints of its own ver­sion in the rear-engined elec­tric Twin’Z con­cept.

The French automak­er is thought to have dropped its ver­sion of the ForT­wo, but progress on both four-seat cars  con­tin­ues unabat­ed.

The two new Smart elec­tric vehi­cles will line up along­side oth­er Mer­cedes-Benz elec­tric vehi­cles, includ­ing the B-Class Elec­tric Dri­ve unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

They’re part of a wider range of elec­tric vehi­cles offered by the brand, which starts with the Smart eBike elec­tric bicy­cle, and goes all the way to the SLS AMG Elec­tric Dri­ve super­car and a range of elec­tric and fuel-cell car­go vans.

Mer­cedes-Benz also con­firmed that sales of the Smart Elec­tric Dri­ve have so far been strong, with over 1,000 units pro­duced and out­put expect­ed to increase through­out 2013.

The mod­el cur­rent­ly has a 20 per­cent share of the Ger­man elec­tric vehi­cle mar­ket, and is a mar­ket-leader among vehi­cles with a pure­ly bat­tery-elec­tric dri­ve sys­tem.

NOTE: Smart is engi­neered to be a dri­ving delight. Chang­ing gears is exhil­a­rat­ing. The clutch-less, man­u­al 5-speed trans­mis­sion — called smartshift® — is easy and sim­ple to oper­ate. It’s both a man­u­al and auto­mat­ic depend­ing on your mood. Oh. Did we men­tion the smart car gets 38 HWY MPG?

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