smart Fortwo Electric Drive Now Being Built

Today Daimler AG started production of the new smart fortwo electric drive at the French smart Hambach plant.

Like the models with combustion engines, the electric vehicle is now rolling off the production line in the standardized production process.

Dr. Joachim Betker, head of the smart plant in Hambach, emphasized the ground-breaking integration of the electric version in the production process: “For the first time we have realized the consistent and perfectly integrated production of models with electric drive and those with combustion engines. In production, we are now optimally utilizing the smart vehicle concept’s immanent potential for different drive systems.”

With its 55-kilowatt electric motor the smart fortwo electric drive accelerates from zero to 38 mph (60 kph) in 4.8 seconds, and can be used on highways as it has a maximum speed of 78 mph (125 kph).

The 17.6-kwh battery enables the urban two-seater to travel approximately 90 miles in city traffic.

According to smart, when considering the components come from joint ventures with German companies Bosch (EM-motive) and Evonik (Deutsche ACCUmotive) and as the vehicle is built in the Hambach (France) plant, the new smart fortwo electric drive can be considered the first true European electric car.

The smart plant in Hambach was inaugurated in 1997 and has produced the smart fortwo since 1998 – in its second generation since 2007. In 2011 more than 103,000 vehicles rolled off the production line. Approximately 1,500 people work at the site, consisting of about 800 employees at the plant itself and a further 700 at the seven local system partners. The one millionth smart fortwo was built in September 2008, coinciding with the tenth birthday of the brand. To date more than 1.3 million vehicles have left the plant.

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  • Volume Van

    Will they sell it at a cheaper price. Its just a 2 seater and has only 90 miles of range. Ideally it should sell in sub- $ 20,000 range.

  • Jason Arnold

    At a cheaper price compared to what? The number of seats has nothing to do with cost… smarts have always been a bit pricey on account of their lower sales volume. Just because it’s smaller doesn’t make it cheaper to produce.

    The claimed 90 miles of range (city) seems a touch optimistic when you consider that the EPA has given this car a rating of 94MPGe (city) – with a 17.6kWh pack, that equates to a real-world range of about 50 miles!

    Looks like you got your wish though, with the recently announced ~$27k for the base model and $8500 rebate here in Ontario it will be <$20k... making it by far the cheapest EV for sale in Canada when it gets here.