Electric Vehicles

New Smart Electric Drive Charges Faster

September 23, 2016

Photo of Smart Fortwo Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.
Photo of Smart Fortwo Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.

The new Smart Fortwo Electric Drive reduces charging time and will go on sale in the spring, Mercedes-Benz has announced.

The vehicle will arrive with a new on-board charger that enables a full charge on a 240-volt circuit in 2.5 hours, which is twice as fast as its predecessor. A full charge provides 99 miles of range based on European testing. U.S. range information will be released closer to launch.

Lithium-ion battery technology powers a 17.6-kWh battery pack and three-phase 80-hp electric motor. The vehicle reaches a top speed of 81 mph.

After electrifying its top-selling Fortwo, Smart plans to produce battery-electric versions of its entire lineup.

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