Smart — the Daimler-owned company that makes those tiny cars that look as if they were squished between the fingers of a giant — will soon make history.
The company recently announced plans to offer electrified versions of all its vehicles — the Fortwo coupe, Fortwo Cabrio, and Forfour sedan — alongside traditional gas-guzzlers. As TechCrunch noted, the move will make Smart the first major automaker to offer its entire portfolio electrified.
The report notes that the new models will be powered by a Smart Electric Drive system built by Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz in partnership with Renault-Nissan.
High voltage?: announcing the world premiere of next generation smart electric drive. Emission-free, joy-full. pic.twitter.com/2GBaeyjnV5
— Official smart USA (@smartcarusa) September 22, 2016
“The electric versions of the Smart cars aren’t range monsters, but offer 99 miles per EP ratings via their 17.6 kWH capacity, which is more than enough for the average city-dweller’s daily commute,” TechCrunch reported. They might not be awesome for road trips, but, on the bright side, you can get a full charge in just 2.5 hours via your home’s standard voltage outlet.
There’s no word on pricing for these new EV models. The first one slated to hit the market is the Fortwo coupe, which should arrive at some point next spring followed by the convertible version that summer. The new models will indeed qualify for the federal government’s $7,500 electric car tax credit, so that might entice some buyers.
As Gas 2 notes, however, Smart’s vehicles haven’t really caught on here in the U.S. but are more popular in Europe, “where crowded cities and lack of available parking make them, well, a smart choice.”
The news comes after word spread earlier this month that Daimler is looking to launch anywhere from six to nine new electric vehicles through 2024.