Daimler have confirmed that the Smart Fortwo Electric will go into small series production, with cars coming into the UK in early 2010, following positive reaction from customers taking part in the UK trial, including the Metropolitan Police, universities, local councils, architects and energy companies.
The second generation smart electric drive will also be taking part in projects in Rome, Milan and Paris. Several cities in the US are also due to start trials of the fully electric car and the invaluable feedback will be incorporated into the development of future production models.
Featuring a lithium-ion battery the second generation smart electric drive's power source will have a longer range, boast a shorter charging time and will give improved performance.
Kulveer Ranger, London's director of transport, said: "The Mayor and I are working with manufacturers through the London Electric Vehicle Partnership and urge the entire car industry to invest in this technology. Not only can we create green collar jobs but also smooth the way for less polluting transport choices which will improve our air quality, reduce traffic noise and contribute significantly to the Mayor's ambitious carbon emissions reduction target."
The car has a top speed of 60mph with a range of 72 miles, making it perfect for inner-city driving and daily commutes. The vehicle is a plug-in and can be charged by connecting to any wall socket.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Via: Press Portal