Smart Forvision Electric Car Set For Frankfurt

Daimler subsidiary Smart is releasing performance details of its latest electric vehicle concept called the Forvision in preparation for the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011.

We’ve covered other of Smart’s electric vehicles, including the Forspeed that was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show, and the manufacturer’s Fortwo models that have only recently come to United States.

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image via Daimler

The Smart Forvision is made of a variety of energy saving features, the first of which is the porous, hexagonal roof that has transparent solar cells that provide light and energy during the day, and at night transform into built-in LEDs.

The wheels and other portions of the electric car are made from a light-weight plastic, and the windows and windshield of the Forvision are coated with a heat-shield technology that reflects more sunlight away from the vehicle.

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image via Daimler

The Forvision is clearly based off the Fortwo model, which is equipped with a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 30 kW magneto-electric motor, and while Smart hasn’t released full details of the Forvision powertrain, the company says the vehicle should have a 20% range improvement over the company’s older model, which would give the new all-electric car a range of approximately 96 miles on a single charge.

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