smart is the first car brand with its sights set on a clean-cut switchover from combustion engines to electric drive: from 2020 the company plans to exclusively sell smart models with battery-electric drive in Europe and the USA. The rest of the world is expected to follow soon afterwards. Even today, smart electric drive models (combined power consumption: 13.1 - 12.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) make opting into electric mobility more attractive than ever before. This is because they combine the agility of the smart with local emission-free driving. In 2017 smart presented the smart vision EQ fortwo - an electric and autonomous vision for highly efficient and flexible local public transport. And with the new smart experienc-e app electric mobility can be experienced interactively. For more information see the IDTechEx reports on electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles
The smart vision EQ fortwo offers a new solution for individualised, highly flexible and highly efficient local public transport. The autonomously driving electric one-off vehicle presents a consistent concept for urban mobility and car sharing of the future. It picks up its passengers directly from their chosen location and has no steering wheel or pedals. It is the first vehicle to embody all four pillars of the CASE strategy: "Connected", "Autonomous", "Shared" and "Electric".
"The smart vision EQ fortwo is our vision for urban mobility of the future; it is the most radical car sharing concept car ever to be developed: fully autonomous, highly communicative, friendly, extensively customisable and, of course, electric", says Annette Winkler, Head of smart.
New individualisation options help users to recognise that it is "their" vehicle: by means of the Black Panel grille at the front as well as large projection surfaces at the sides, the smart vision EQ fortwo allows unprecedented individualisation of the vehicle - ideal for car sharing. Freed from the task of driving, the passengers are able to relax in the large interior.
The smart vision EQ fortwo has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 30 kWh. When it is not in use the vehicle automatically heads for a charging station to recharge its battery. Alternatively, the cars can "dock" onto the power grid inductively, supply electricity and ease the load on the grid as a "swarm battery". Here smart is assuming an important function in the transition towards sustainable energy.
Source and top image: Daimler
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