One green car with a decidedly small carbon footprint – literally because of its size, if nothing else – is the diminutive Smart fortwo electric. The first of these vehicles is just now debuting here in the United States, but parent company Daimler in the meanwhile is moving forward with design ideas for the Smart brand via its new forspeed concept.
The Smart forspeed, of which photos are appearing on the Smart Facebook page, will get its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle, according to sources such as Autoblog Green and eMercedesBenz, sports a lowly 41 horsepower electric motor that will get you a little under 40 MPH in 5.5 seconds. We definitely aren’t talking speed here, but when you consider this concept study is likely focused upon urban drivers, it makes sense.
Top speed is said to be 75 miles per hour, and there’s also a little boost function to help eek out a bit more horsepower. A lithium-ion battery, said to be capable of a quick charge in about 45 minutes when hooked to a 220 volt outlet, powers the electric motor with enough energy to let you range just over 80 miles. This should be just enough for most urban drivers.
As you can see from this interior shot, pictured above, the vehicle looks to have a clean, refined look appealing to a design focused crowd. The exterior of Smart forspeed is the same in terms of aesthetics, boasting as well some solar panels installed into wind deflectors to power the car’s electronics. We will look forward to more details on this once they are released.