26 Sep '16, 11pm

Electric smart

Just ahead of the Paris Auto Show, Daimler officially presented its pure electric Smart ED models. All three variants will feature a 60 kWh motor and 17.6 kWh battery pack now allowing for 160 km of range. An on-board fast-charger with double the charging capacity as the previous version will also come standard, while a 22 kW on-board charger option will be added from 2017. The small EVs will hit European roads early next year but IDTechEx doubts whether this specification reminiscent of 2015 vehicles will excite. The race is on for low cost or long range versions prior to the Chinese offering both. There will be Energy Independent ones like the IFEVS Polymodel microcar in Italy with an urban range of about 40km in Italy on sunshine alone. Hanergy in China even promises energy independent family cars, sports car and SUV in production with much longer range thanks to expand...

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