Mercedes-Benz’s Smart subsidiary has released the first series production cars in the group’s electrified EQ sub-brand.
The Smart EQ fortwo and forfour models premiered this week the night before the Geneva motor show, headlined by special ‘nightsky’ edition models, in black and blue.
Clearly tiny city cars are an ideal candidate to be electrified, with range limitations rarely an issue and global megacities becoming more and more equipped with charging sites.
Daimler is making a real stand with Smart. It has been selling only electric vehicles in the USA, Canada and Norway since 2017, and from 2020 it will be marketing only electric battery-powered vehicles in Germany and Western Europe, too.
The rest of the world (where Smart sells product) will follow suit shortly after.
Both versions of the Smart EQ have electric power consumption of around 13kWh per 100km.
All smart vehicles with electric drive come with a 4.6kW on-board charger as standard. This provides for fast recharging of a drained battery, in less than 3.5 hours at a wallbox, and in under six hours at a domestic wall socket (10-80 per cent in each case).
The "smart control" app enables remote monitoring of the charging process and remote control charging.
From May 2018, a more powerful 22kW fast charger will be available as an option in Europe. This makes it possible for the Smart EQs to be charged in less than 40 minutes (10-80 per cent) when local conditions permit three-phase charging.
Of course, it’s not cheap. Prices begin in Germany at 28,255 euros (about $44k AUD). As we know, Smart no longer sells products in Australia, and this won’t be changing any time soon.
Perhaps of more relevance, the first Mercedes-Benz production model of the new EQ technology and product brand, the EQC, will go into production at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in 2019.
It will be based on the Concept EQ which was shown in Paris in 2016.