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2015 Smart Electric Drive: Both ForTwo & ForFour Models

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2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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Smart is doubling up on electric vehicles with its next generation small cars--as its Electric Drive will come in both two- and four-seat formats.

It's been known for a while that Smart would revive the ForFour name with its next city car.

The company previously sold a car with this name in Europe between 2004 and 2006, but the Mitsubishi-based hatchback lacked innovation next to other Smart models, with a conventional front-engined, front-wheel drive layout.

The next model is being co-developed with Renault, which recently showed of hints of its own version in the rear-engined electric Twin'Z concept.

The French automaker is thought to have dropped its version of the ForTwo, but progress on both four-seat cars continues unabated.

The two new Smart electric vehicles will line up alongside other Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles, including the B-Class Electric Drive unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

They're part of a wider range of electric vehicles offered by the brand, which starts with the Smart eBike electric bicycle, and goes all the way to the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar and a range of electric and fuel-cell cargo vans.

Mercedes-Benz also confirmed that sales of the Smart Electric Drive have so far been strong, with over 1,000 units produced and output expected to increase throughout 2013.

The model currently has a 20 percent share of the German electric vehicle market, and is a market-leader among vehicles with a purely battery-electric drive system.

Would the addition of a couple extra seats (and doors) convince you to buy Smart's next electric car? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Is Tesla doing the EV drive, battery for them too?
     
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  2. They have developed their own battery as they felt the Tesla battery didn't get the range they wanted. Not sure about the drive but will find out - smart was always intended to available as an EV, from the beginning of design concept in the 1970s.
     
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  3. @Jerry: No, the Tesla drivetrain was limited to a few hundred second-generation Smart Electric Drive cars built from 2010 through 2011. The current third-generation car ("ED3") uses a different battery pack and a motor designed by Daimler.
     
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  4. Very convenient, a car & coffin all in one compact package :)
    Wouldn't be caught driving one, not until SUVs are no more.
     
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  5. Don't drive one then - most smart drivers walk away from their accidents, no matter what they hit, including Tahoes and other big SUVs - I'd rather be in my very safe smart than any of those gas guzzlers!
     
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  6. I'm just fine in my Tesla Model S tank, Ty very much.
     
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  7. @Mitchell, you sound a bit of a snob too!
     
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  8. Yes, I would be interested in a four seater EV. It's less of a death trap then riding a gasser (Molotov bomb on wheels).
     
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  9. Would a free 3-year lease and a free home solar PV system to charge it convince you to drive the new ForTwo model? CA, CO, CT, MA, NJ and VT residents can enter to win a sweepstakes with those prizes here http://rgs.me/WUhdIU
     
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  10. I would buy it in a heartbeat. I cant wait. Please bring it to Canada!
     
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  11. neh, I'm partial to my LEAF
     
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  12. I'd go for it if it has decent range and liquid/active thermal management for the battery. We love our Leaf but live where it gets pretty hot in the summer so leased it rather than buying because of its battery issues.
     
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