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Next-gen EV shapes up for Australia

Sign of the The current-generation Smart ForTwo EV won’t make it Down after all, but its successor due in 2014 probably will.

not a lock, but 2014 new-gen firms up as Mercedes Australia’s EV

9 October 2013

MERCEDES-BENZ serious about introducing an version of the Smart ForTwo to as its first local EV, with a arrival on the cards for 2015.

The has also proposed a method of intervention that could cut the price of EVs by around 12 per cent – them exempt from paid by importers, as well as

Benz first publicised its to dip a toe into the EV waters with an Smart as early as 2011. has considered bringing around a current-generation versions here as a test, but technical impediments the European software acted as a block.

In the end, the proposed launch of the circa-$30k Smart machines never eventuated, the focus is now understood to have to the new-generation ForTwo due overseas year.

That car, to debut in Europe (firstly in combustion guise) around is being co-developed with as part of a widespread strategic between the two companies.

Renault is a EV leader, and will spin its Twingo off the same rear-drive It is expected that shortly this time, EV versions of cars will emerge batteries from Daimler and motors from Renault-Nissan.

It is this version that we is firmly on the radar for Australia. likely remains some for Benz-badged EVs such as the B-Class Drive revealed last to come here at a later though Mercedes Australia has less effusive about car’s launch potential.

the local EV market remains with the Nissan Leaf and the Holden Volt the only currently on offer, Benz’s German rivals BMW and Audi have plans to introduce fuel cars of their own to the market in the near future.

BMW will commence sales of the i3 EV and range-extender from the first of 2014, while Audi launch the plug-in A3 e-tron car here from 2015. a move from these two could well act as another for Mercedes.

Speaking with this week, Mercedes-Benz managing director (car Horst von Sanden said launch details for the Smart EV undecided, but re-affirmed the brand’s in the car.

“We’re certainly about the electric smart at point in time,” he said. new-generation, (though we) haven’t timing.

“It’s on our to do list, and look into it in detail, and at time we could get it.”

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Mr von Sanden said both fleets – business and public – be on the radar for the car, as well as private adopters.

However, the case for EV is firming up, Mr von Sanden it was important for the company to continue a multi-pronged approach to powertrains.

“I our company is really looking at all technologies, and I think sometimes see it a little to simplistically,” he said. only one or the other is the solution to I think must be broader.

talking about diesel hybrid solutions, electric hydrogen fuel cell. I each of those technologies have some future in applications, but there’s not the one answer.”

One global Mercedes technology not on the for Australia is hydrogen power – at not until local filling appears. Benz has previously a fuel-cell B-Class. A global of the cars – named F-Cell – included Australia in March

However, Mr McCarthy said was no plan on the horizon to launch a car here any time soon, on a pilot or trial basis.


to the mooted Smart EV launch, Australia/Pacific senior manager communications David McCarthy an idea to cut the cost of such in showrooms that moves the direct subsidies offered in and California.

Mr McCarthy proposed the government EVs exempt from duties by importers, as well as GST, he says would cut around 12 per from the sticker price away.

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