Smart to go all electric
The full range of Smart Cars will become all electric across Europe by 2020
The switch to all-electric has been confirmed by Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, April 2018.
The timeframe in Europe is 2020.
Smart cars (fortwo and forfour) are small city cars, which makes them particularly suitable for electrification – this is why the brand will lead Mercedes-Benz, which has set itself a goal of a minimum of one electric version in each segment by 2022.
Its not clear how smoothly the switch will be made – in the US Smart only sold 277 electric fortwos in the first quarter of 2018 and that’s probably not enough to keep the business going nationwide.
“Daimler also flipped the switch in the field of electric mobility long ago: Mercedes-Benz will offer at least one electrified version in each segment by 2022. Smart is already completely electric in North America and the changeover will take place in Europe by 2020. “At the same time, we are electrifying our vans, trucks and buses. And we have many more plans – also going beyond our products,” added Zetsche.”
Source: INSIDEEVs. April 2018