It’s time for the all-new smart fortwo electric drive to be featured at the Fully Charged Show.
“This is the 260th episode of Fully Charged and just possibly, the very first proper, informative and clear car review. This is very much down to the talent and experience of Jonny Smith, his first time on the series (but definitely not the last)
After watching this, I know I have to up my game, I’m so thrilled Jonny could do this show with us and I’m really intrigued to hear your reaction. Thank you Smart for flying Jonny and Mark out to Toulouse and organising the cars,” said Robert Llewellyn.
A 60 kW (81 HP) electric motor works at the rear of the smart electric drive and transmits its power via a constant ratio to the wheels. Powerful torque of 160 Nm is immediately available from a standstill. The electric drive has a range of approximately 160 km – ideal for local emission-free mobility in urban areas. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 130 km/h to maximize the range.
The electric motor is a separately excited three-phase synchronous motor. With this construction there is an excitation winding on the rotor that is magnetized when current flows. The flow of energy from the high-voltage battery to the electric motor is controlled by the power electronics that are compactly interlocked with the drive unit. The smart fortwo drive is produced in Renault’s plant in Clèon, Northern France, while the smart forfour electric drive is produced at the Novo Mesto site in Slovenia. The smart fortwo electric drive models are series produced at smart’s Hambach plant in France.
The smart is equipped with a lithium-ion battery from the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. The company based in Kamenz, Saxony, has been building the electric heart of the smart electric drive since 2012.
The battery has capacity of 17.6 kWh and is cleverly housed in the vehicle underbody between the two axles in a safe position that is favourable for the vehicle’s centre of gravity. The battery consists of 96 flat cells and the cell chemistry has been improved compared with the predecessor battery.
To strengthen customers’ trust in the innovative drive technology, smart is issuing a battery certificate and therefore a service commitment for the high-voltage battery for the first time. This guarantees that the maximum energy content is not less than the specified battery capacity – over eight years and/or to a mileage of 100,000 kilometres.