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2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Announced

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

This week, the German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz revealed the third generation of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive which promises to provide more performance and a better driving range. The car will make its official debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and MB said that the car benefits from an entirely new driveline that consists of a more powerful brushless electric motor developed by Bosch and a bigger lithium-ion battery pack.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

The peak power has gone up by 33 hp over the 2nd generation of the car from 40 hp to 73 hp, with the nominal power rising by 20 hp from 27 hp to 47 hp. The torque figure has also risen by 7 lb.-ft to 96 lb.-ft, which will reduce the 0.37 mph time by 1.5 seconds to 5 seconds. In addition the 0-62 mph sprint time has dropped to less than 13 seconds while the car will be able to hit a top speed of 75 mph, which is 13 mph more in comparison to the outgoing model.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

This new electric motor developed by Bosch draws the necessary energy from a brand new lithium-ion battery pack which has risen in capacity from 14 kWh to 17.6 kWh. As a reminder, the batteries in the second generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive were supplied by Tesla Motors. This new battery pack has been developed by Deutsche Accumotive, which is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and Evonik, a German alternative energy specialist.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

The bigger battery promises to increase the drive range of the ForTwo ED by 16 miles to a total of 87 miles while recharging the batteries will take eight hours while using a standard socket or less than an hour with the on-board 22 kW high capacity charger.

The car will be sold in 30 markets, which is 18 more in comparison to the second generation model and production will also be raised to more than 10,000, which is considerably more than the previous model which was made only in 2000 units.

Smart ebike

In related news, Smart also mentioned that they will be bringing to Frankfurt a two wheeler called the “ebike” which will use a 250 watt brushless electric hub installed within the 26-inch rear wheel and developed by BionX. A control unit mounted on the handlebar will offer four different levels of electric assistance while the energy will be supplied by a 400 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Source: Mercedes-Benz via Autocar

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