Mercedes plans production of electric Smart
Mercedes is planning to produce a "significant number" of electric-drive Smarts in the current model generation, the head of the car maker's environmental division, Herbert Kohler, has announced. ( dpa )
Without going into further detail, Kohler said that the car would be based on the 100 electric Smarts currently tested in London but would be equipped with lithium-ion batteries instead of the sodium- nickel-chloride battery currently used.
The test model generation has a 30 kW/41 hp electric engine driven by batteries housed in the underbody. The range is about 115 kilometres. The top speed is listed at 112 km/h. The load time from a normal electric socket is five hours for an 80 per cent charge and eight hours for a 100 per cent capacity.
The lithium-ion batteries have a longer range and require less loading time.