The smart brand celebrated this market launch at the Guangzhou Motor Show, where the all-electric city runabout was presented to the Chinese public.
The new generation smart fortwo electric drive has been available in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan since production began in 2012.
In Germany the electric smart quickly became the number one battery-powered electric vehicle, securing a market share of around 40 percent. Roughly 93 percent of customers would recommend the smart electric drive.
The third generation smart fortwo electric drive features a 55 kW magneto-electric motor – the first product from the EM-motive joint venture founded together with Bosch – which ensures that it is as agile and lively as ever.
With torque of 130 Newton meters it accelerates powerfully and immediately from 0 to 60 km/h (0 to 37 mph) in 5 seconds. And with a top speed of 125 km/h (about 78 mph), the two-seater is also well equipped for urban motorways – a lithium-ion battery with 17.6 kWh provides enough energy to cover a range of 145 kilometers (90 miles).
The electric smart is European through and through: the battery is produced by Deutsche ACCUmotive (a Daimler joint venture with Evonik), the electric motor comes from EM-motive (a Daimler joint venture with Bosch) and the vehicle itself is manufactured in the Hambach smart factory in France.