Daimler Confirms All-electric 2017 Smart ForTwo, Smart For Four

It’s official: while you’ll have to wait until 2016 to buy one, Daimler will make an all-electric version of its next-generation Smart ForTwo city car. What’s more, the German automaker will also make an all-electric version of the reimagined Smart ForFour, a first for the reintroduced four-seater.

Official: Smart ForTwo Electric Drive coming in 2016, says Daimler exec.

Official: Smart ForTwo Electric Drive coming in 2016, says Daimler exec.

The news comes courtesy of De Telegraaf, which reports Daimler executive Dr. Thomas Weber as confirming an all-electric version of both Smart ForTwo variants will be launched some time in 2016. While we already knew we’d be in for a two-year wait for an all-electric version of the recently-launched next-generation Smart ForTwo, news of an all-electric ForFour is new to us.

While Dr. Weber wasn’t about to give any details of either future car, it does at least dissuade fears that Daimler was giving up on an all-electric Smart all together.

Smart ForTwo ED

If you want an electric smart in the interim, you’ll need to buy one of these.

As De Telegraaf reiterated, while the all-new Smart ForTwo and ForFour models will enter into production later this year as 2015 model year cars, anyone wanting an all-electric Smart will need to be content with the previous generation 2014 model year Smart ForTwo Electric Drive for a little while longer.

Watch: ChargedUp Review of the 2013 Smart ForTwo ED

With a real-world range of just under 70 miles per charge, the current Smart ForTwo Electric Drive won’t meet everyone’s needs, especially with the stock 3.3 kilowatt on-board charger. For European buyers however, there’s an optional Brusa 22 kW on-board charging unit which makes it possible to charge from empty to 80 percent full in under an hour.

When it comes to the new Smart ForTwo however, it’s worth noting that the platform on which it is built has been jointly developed with Renault — and is already in use in the new Renault Twingo, meaning that if Daimler is planning a new all-electric Smart ForTwo, we may also see an electric Renault Twingo in the future.

For now however, the future is just too far away to speculate.

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  • Surya

    Excellent news!

  • Esl1999 .

    I can’t help but think these early days of “its got this onboard charger” and so on, will seem so hokey in the next decades. Computers are so fast now that worrying about the processor speed is no longer a big deal. Remember when Bits matter when it came to gaming consoles. In the future cars like this Smart, or as I will call it, “Mighty Mouse”, will just be about how fast can batteries accept a super fast charge. Absorption rate will be the thing people care about.

    • I wouldn’t purchase an electric vehicle that was unable to charge off a standard socket. That would be follynnnThe built in 3.3kW charger in the Smart ED is more than adequate for my needs, as I only use 1.4kW charging myself.nnnFrankly, if they offered a reduced capability charger that only provided 1.5kW at a reduced price, I might have taken that option.

  • I do not want, nor do I need a fast charger for my Smart ED. The 120V overnight charge is plenty for my daily commute and errands. I routinely fully charge the car mid-week on the off peak electricity rates, and on the weekend do the same thing. Transport Evolved has some strange misconception of the need for fast charging for the Smart, which is a perfect commuter vehicle and is a perfect compliment to a household with an existing gas powered car like mine. More than 75% of North American homes have two cars in the driveway and at least one of them rarely goes over 40 miles in a day.