This year, we’ve seen no end of car manufacturers announce their commitment an increased range of electrified vehicles. What you may not have known is that smart actually announced back in 2017 that they’d only offer electric vehicles in Europe and North America by the end of 2019. True to their word, they’ve just unveiled their all-new range of electric-only vehicles.
The new range makes smart the first mass production car manufacturer to go all-electric, with the goal of creating emission-free urban vehicles instilled in the company from the beginning. To that end, an electric variant of each model has actually been available since 2007.
Consisting of the EQ fortwo, EQ fortwo cabrio and EQ forfour, the all-electric smart range remains very similar to the selection of city cars that the brand has become famous for. Similarly, the styling of each has also remained pleasingly familiar – after all, if something works, don’t fix it!
Setting the electric cars apart from their outgoing combustion engined counterparts (which will soon be discontinued), this new breed of electric smart car features updated LED lights front and rear and a redesigned, sportier, front grille. Owing to that updated front end, the electric-only range of smart car actually sports a more muscular look, despite their small size.
Powertrain wise, the entire electric range is offered with an 82hp electric motor connected to a 17.6kWh battery. Total range for all three cars is just shy of 100 miles – perfect for three small urban vehicles – and each can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in under 40 minutes. As you’d expect, there’s also regenerative braking to maximise range whilst on the move.
Cleverly, smart haven’t created these three cars on the assumption that everyone has access to a powerful wall charger. As such, they note that the new smart cars can be charged by a standard 230V socket to offer decent range in as little as 3.5 hours.
As with the exterior, the cabin of each model has been given a bit of a refresh. That means a revamped centre console and a new eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s also been a big focus on compatibility with smartphones and wearable smart devices, through a completely redesigned smartphone app that can monitor and control various parts of the car.
Different trims levels will be available – advanced (the base model), premium (includes a panoramic roof and reversing camera) or exclusive (adds full LED lights, rain and light sensors and exterior ambient lighting) – and each can be combined with a different smart equipment line – passion, pulse or prime.
Unfortunately, we don’t yet have prices or release dates for the new range of electric cars but all will have their public debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off next week.