The third generation of the electric Smart Car first seen in 2007 – the SmartForTwo ED – will be presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
The little car is quicker than before, with a top speed of 75mph, and has an improved range of 87 miles. The power train was redesigned, nearly doubling its top output to 73bhp. It’s got more torque, too, with a top output of 120Nm (13.3kg-m, or 96 lb ft).
Even the battery is new – the previously-used Tesla model (14kWh) was replaced with a German-manufactured lithium ion battery with an output of 17.6kWh Other new features include remote control via the iPhone SmartDrive application and an on-board quick charger.
While certainly not suited to any long drives across hundreds of miles of interstate, the new Smart is certainly more than adequate for zipping around the city – or town, countryside, wherever you happen to be.
The Smart ED will be sold in an additional 12 locations, and 10,000 units are to be produced – available in spring 2012.
Source: Green Car Reports