Smart drops engines; to be EV-only brand in the US

  • Smart drops engines; to be EV-only brand in the US

Smart drops engines; to be EV-only brand in the US

That effectively cuts smart's portfolio in half on this side of the Atlantic, leaving just coupe and cabriolet versions of the fortwo electric city auto in the brand's showrooms.

Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA hope to revive Smart cars by making it an electric-vehicle only brand.

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Daimler's popular Smart brand will be moving away from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the U.S. and Canada in the coming years - completely - and fully embracing all-electric vehicles instead. The news was first reported by Reuters, and SlashGear has reviewed the letter Smart distributed to North American dealerships. The price of gas has been consistently low which has led to the increased demand of crossovers, SUVs and other larger automobiles. "Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart portfolio", he summed up in a letter, which Smart sent us a copy of.

Industry trade journal Automotive News reports production of the US -spec, gasoline-powered Fortwo is scheduled to stop in April. "A dedicated focus on the electric drive in the U.S. and Canada provides a logical step to support a sustainable, zero emissions future", Exler said. Although there is no report to compare sales of electric-driven cars, Moran said that electric vehicles accounted the 30 percent of the brand's annual sales. Mercedes-Benz USA executives told US dealers about the decision and why it was made on a conference call and in a letter sent yesterday. The battery will be 17.6 kWh and provide a mileage of 70 to 80 miles on a single charge.

The idea of completely electric cars is still debated in the United States.

Despite the fact that the 2017 model vehicle went at a bargain towards the beginning of December, Smart still has 2016 models in merchants inventory, which runs an extraordinary promotion renting 2016 cars for $89 a month.