Smart Fortwo, Fortwo cabriolet as well as also Forfour Electric Drive revealed
Source : Smart Fortwo, Fortwo cabriolet as well as also Forfour Electric Drive revealed
enhanced range as well as also performance expected as well as faster charging times than previous versions; planned to reach UK showrooms in mid-2017
Smart Fortwo, Fortwo cabriolet as well as also Forfour Electric Drive versions have been revealed, claiming enhanced range as well as also performance as well as significantly faster recharging times than their predecessors.
Improvements to Smart’s rejuvenated electric versions come coming from the adoption of a brand-new driveline, which is usually largely shared with the Renault Zoe, as well as developments to its charging system.
Set to make their public debut at next week’s Paris motor show, Smart’s brand-new trio of electric versions are planned to reach UK showrooms in mid-2017.
Prices are yet to be revealed, although Mercedes-Benz officials suggest the cheapest of the three, the Fortwo Electric Drive, will cost around £20,000 in combination with brand-new 22kW fast charger when the Government’s existing £4500 electric vehicle grant is usually applied.
At the heart of the Smart’s brand-new Fortwo, Fortwo cabriolet as well as also Forfour Electric Drive versions is usually an electric driveline developed in partnership with Smart parent firm Mercedes-Benz as well as also its alliance partner Renault–Nissan. Similar to of which already employed within the Renault Zoe, of which uses a rear-mounted three-phase synchronous electric motor, produced at Renault’s Cleon plant in France, delivering 80bhp as well as also 118lb ft to the rear wheels.
of which is usually an increase of 5bhp as well as also 22lb ft on the electric motor used by the earlier Fortwo as well as also Fortwo cabriolet Electric Drive. of which’s also 7bhp as well as also 44lb ft down on the electric motor used by the front-wheel-drive Renault Zoe.
Electric energy used to drive the electric motor is usually stored in a 17.6kWh lithium ion battery mounted within the floor. Some 4.4kWh smaller than the unit used by the Renault Zoe, of which is usually produced at Mercedes-Benz parent firm Daimler’s Accumotive battery plant in Germany.
With drive channelled through a fixed-ratio gearbox, Smart claims 0-62mph times of 11.5sec, 11.8sec as well as also 12.7sec for the Fortwo, Fortwo cabriolet as well as also Forfour Electric Drive respectively. All three boast a top speed limited to 81mph – up coming from 78mph with the earlier Fortwo Electric Drive.
Smart claims a nine-mile improvement in overall range over the first-generation Fortwo Electric Drive, with its brand-new type achieving nearly 100 miles on the European test cycle. The added weight of the Fortwo as well as also Forfour Electric Drive reduces their range over the brand-new Fortwo Electric Drive by three miles to 96 miles.
Smart has developed the 2017 type-year Fortwo, Fortwo cabriolet as well as also Forfour Electric Drive to support two different charging systems. The standard system, which will not be offered within the UK, is usually claimed to halve the recharging time of the battery at 2.5 hours. A more powerful 22kW system, which will feature on all versions within the UK, is usually claimed to recharge the battery in just 45 minutes.
The charging status can be monitored as well as also controlled on a so-called Smart Control app via a smart phone. various other functions able to controlled remotely include a brand-new pre-entry climate control program of which enables the owner to operate the air conditioning during recharging.
The Fortwo as well as also Fortwo cabriolet Electric Drive are produced alongside the turbocharged 0.8-litre three cylinder petrol engine type of the third-generation two-seater at Smart’s factory in Hambach, France. The Forfour Electric Drive hails coming from Renault’s Novo Meso plant in Slovenia, which also produces the French car maker’s Twingo as well as also Clio.
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