The German automaker Smart has announced today that the first Smart ForTwo Electric Drive from the second generation will be finished at the production line located in the city of Hambach, France sometime in the middle of the month of November. The electric Smart ForTwo will get its power from a lithium-ion battery made by Tesla Motors. As most of you know, Daimler, the owner of Smart , has bought 10% of Tesla Motors. At the beginning the second generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be available to buyers from Berlin and a couple other European and North American cities. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be available through the entire dealer network of Smart starting from 2012, when the new model will officially enter series production.
The second generation of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will get its power from a magneto-electric motor that has an output of 41 Hp and 120 Nm of torque. This magneto-electric motor will be installed at the rear end of the car. Thanks to this electric motor, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive can accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h (not 100!!!) in 6.5 seconds while the maximum speed is electrically limited to 100 km/h. Well, the Smart cars never were your race track kind of vehicles, so this is quite normal.
All the power of the electric motor goes to a 14 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is placed in the underfloor, more precisely between the axles (this is the place where the tank is located in conventional Smart models) so the interior space is not hurt in any way. The charging of the battery is quite simple. The process can be done at a usual 220 Volt socket. The German automaker states that a three our recharge will allow you to travel from 30 to 40 kilometers while an overnight full charge is enough to get you going for 115 kilometers. Could have been better, could have been worse. These figures would be quite reasonable if they were true.
Smart is claiming that, if we take into consideration the German electricity prices, it would cost and owner only 2 euros in order to drive the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive for 100 kilometers, a figure that is lower than the cost of two liters of petrol in Germany. Honestly, if this is true, it is a fabulous performance managed by Smart, to be able to drive 100 kilometers with just 2 euros. Well done Smart.
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