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.
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.
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.
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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