Daimler chairman confirms strategy for micro-car firm

Dieter Zetsche, boss of Mercedes-Benz, has confirmed the Smart micro car brand will go all-electric in European markets by the end of the decade.

Speaking at the company's annual shareholder's meeting, as reported by Carscoops, Daimler's little city car brand will only offer its electric vehicles (EV) in the coming years, following a similar move made in the North American market this year.

That means Smart will only sell the EQ fortwo and EQ forfour (fortwo pictured), which starts at €28,255 ($44,882) in Germany, and are powered by a 60kW/160Nm electric motor, with a maximum range of 160 kilometres on a full charge from a 17.6kWh battery.

Both come as standard with a 4.6kW on-board charger, with a 22kW fast-charger available as an option in Europe.

With the former, the Smart EQ models can be replenished to 80 per cent in under six hours at a domestic wall socket, while the latter allows it to be charged to the same capacity in just 40 minutes.

In addition to Zetsche confirming Smart's new electrification movement, Mercedes-Benz's head also reportedly confirmed the German marque will offer at least one electrified model in each segment by 2022.