Daimler has announced its third-generation, smart fortwo electric drive car will be available in spring of 2012. The car will be produced in Hambach, France and available in 30 markets worldwide.
The car’s battery is made by Deutsche Accumotive and will power the vehicle’s 55 kW electric motor past speeds of 120 kph (75 mph) and from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 13 seconds. The 17.6 kWh battery enables the smart city car to travel around 140 kilometres (87 miles) in city traffic without producing any local emissions.
Daimler’s first test fleet of the cars took place in 2007 in London. One hundred of the smart fortwo electric cars took to the roads of the British capital, “with great success,” according to the company.
The car is also includes a quick charging function. The 22 kW on-board charger enables a completely empty battery to be fully charged in less than an hour. A power cable is needed for this which is used to connect the vehicle to a public quick-charging station or a wall box at home or work.