Daimler’s plant in Hambach, France, becomes the first plant in Europe to manufacture an electric car on the same line as that of conventionally powered cars. Recently, Daimler revealed the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, for which they invested €200 million in expansion of Hambach plant facilities, to take care of production of electric vehicle models and for future production. Production has reached over 1,000 electric Smart vehicles with continuous enhancements to cater to increased demand.
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is set to take the world by storm. Priced at an affordable $25,000 before federal tax credits, the vehicle is scheduled for launch in spring. It will be introduced with a battery lease in Europe. Available as a coupe and cabriolet with standard equipment, smart customers will be able to afford its price while also at the same time enjoy the benefits of enhanced space.
The most striking feature is its ability to produce zero emissions while driving. It is fitted with a 55 kW electric motor which enables the smart forttwo to accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in 4.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 125 kmph. A 17.6 kWh lithium ion battery pack offers this two seater a 145km range in city limits. First vehicles are being delivered to customers in Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal while other markets can expect their share in due course.