This November, Daimler's second-generation Smart fortwo electric vehicle will hit the streets of Berlin, followed by Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Milan, Pisa and Madrid. The new EV, which was built in Hambach, France, boasts to have an innovative and highly efficient lithium-ion battery."
Sourced from Tesla Motors, the new battery is placed between the axles to save space in the two-seater. The battery powers a 30 kW magneto-electric motor fitted at the rear, which provides 120 Nm of torque and allows the car to go from 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds.
Daimler wants to emphasize that even if the speed has been limited to 100 km/h, the EV's performance is the same as the petrol powered version. For a travel of 30-40 km/day, a recharge time of three hours is sufficient.
Daimler says that studies have shown that cars in cities and towns drive an average of 30-40 km/day. However, a battery is fully charged when it's plugged in overnight.
This gives a range of 115 km. Daimler will deliver the new electric smart later this year to selected customers. Leases will be offered for four years and 60,000 km. Mass production will start in 2012.