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Aussie high for all-new Smart EV

A greenie: Smart’s third-generation Electric Drive gains power and a longer driving on top of an expanded production run that see it come to Australia.

Production for 2012 third-gen Smart ED ups chances for local release

18 2011

THE all-electric version of the ForTwo micro-car is closer ever to reaching Australia the company this week a significant boost in production for the forthcoming third-generation version.

The micro-car brand is planning a production run at its plant in Hambach, where the Mk3 ForTwo Electric (ED) will be built the first half of next

In comparison, fewer than second-generation ForTwo EDs have built at the plant since started in 2009.

The increased volume will the latest iteration of the diminutive EV to be in more than 30 markets including right-hand-drive countries, the door for a local release.

But senior manager of corporate in Australia, David McCarthy, GoAuto there were hurdles to overcome before it import the updated model, features big improvements to driving and peak power output.

biggest stumbling block is he said.

“For us, making a case for it is not easy. There are a lot of that will say they an electric car, but when it to handing over their I think there’s a bit of a gap.

talking pretty small So are we interested? Absolutely. We’re the business case, but it is a challenge.”

Mr McCarthy also identified the of charging infrastructure for electric in Australia as a stumbling block, he recognised that the situation was with organisations such as Place becoming more


Although Daimler chairman Zetsche said in 2008 the plug-in ForTwo would be available to Australians, the lack of RHD limited production and priority for customers in progressive European such as Berlin has thwarted the business case.

Mr McCarthy this week he would to get a handful of trial cars to make a local assessment the new-generation model.

The latest ForTwo ED’s magneto-electric – produced as part of parent EM-motive joint venture Bosch – produces peak of 55kW and provides a claimed of instantaneous torque.

This is up on the previous model’s output of 30kW and 120Nm, for a new top speed of 120km/h (up from which puts it on par with the Smart ForTwo on which it is

The electric mini has a claimed acceleration time of 5.0 seconds from 6.5 seconds) and can zip from in a more respectable 13.0 – quicker than the base ForTwo, which uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and the mark in 13.3 seconds.

says that the EV’s in power comes largely due to feedback on the second-generation model, a higher top speed and better from above 60km/h as the main priorities.

Contrary to perceptions, the company claims the range was not the crucial point the perspective of the test customers. The majority of users confirmed the of surveys which say that drive approximately 30 to 40 kilometres per day on in urban areas.

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Nevertheless, Daimler engineers replaced the Tesla Motors-supplied lithium-ion battery from the model in favour of a Deutsche unit with a 17.6kWh

As a result, the driving range has boosted from around to a claimed 140km, while the can be fully charged from a power outlet in eight

An optional 22kW onboard allows the battery pack to be charged in less than one from a quick-charging station.

The ForTwo ED also gets a of cosmetic upgrades including a grille featuring the electric logo, slick LED daytime lights below the headlamps and door sills.

The ever-distinctive can be had in the same wide range of combinations as the diesel and petrol and is also available as a cabrio or a glass roof.

Those who prefer to advertise environmental credentials can also the electric drive design which gives the car ‘fresh’ highlights in addition to ‘crystal’ panels, white alloy a green ‘tridion’ cell, mirror caps and green accents.

Unique features an air-conditioning system that can be or pre-heated for a programmed departure via either the power network or a new app.

The company’s new iPhone integrates trip computer a hands-free phone system, internet radio and the driver’s library, while its optional Car program can remedy shopping blues by guiding you back to your car is parked.

Smart its drive app is a world-first for a car-maker, brands like Volvo, and General Motors might with this claim.

Standard equipment includes windows/mirrors, leather-clad steering entry line radio, steering, alloy wheels and a compartment cover.

The standard computer is programmed to give information including the remaining As with the previous model, two instruments show the charge of the battery and the energy used and

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