New York, New York – Following a successful launch in Europe, the new Smart Fortwo Electric Drive will arrive in Canada and the U.S. in the fall of 2010. The electrically-powered car has been rolling off production lines since November 2009, and due to demand, the initial production volume has been increased from 1,000 to 1,500 cars.
The Fortwo Electric Drive is equipped with a lithium-ion battery, developed by Tesla Motors, fitted between the axles to avoid taking any interior space. A 30 kW electric motor mounted at the rear provides 89 lb-ft of torque, which is immediately available.
The car can be charged at any normal household outlet and, when fully charged, has a range of approximately 135 km. The first models were handed over to customers in Berlin in 2009, and will now be launched in cities in Europe, North America and Asia. From 2012, it will be available in almost 40 markets.
“In 1998, Smart revolutionized urban mobility with the unique Smart Fortwo vehicle concept,” said Marc Langenbrinck, responsible for brand management. “Now Smart is once again taking on a pioneering role and redefining zero-emission urban mobility. We are the first manufacturer to launch a series-produced electric vehicle. Daimler is spearheading electric mobility with the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is a further logical step in the evolution of the Smart brand which boasts the fleet with the lowest fuel consumption anyway.”