Webster: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Arriving 'A Year After' ICE Model
Though the new Smart Fortwo is coming to showrooms in the United States later this year, the Electric Drive model won’t be available just yet.
Autoblog reports that the redesigned EV won’t hit U.S. showrooms for “approximately a year after” the ICE variant arrives, per Smart USA general manager Mark Webster, with the date of arrival set for between late 2016 and early 2017. No explanation for the delay was given when interviewed by AutoblogGreen.
Until then, Smart plans to sell the previous generation Fortwo EV alongside the new ICE model. Webster stated that the brand moved over 2,000 units of the Fortwo ED in 2014, 921 in 2013. He added that parent company Daimler AG was “very committed” to electrification, explaining without going into specifics that other EVs were in the works.
This effectively addresses the two main (interrelated)complaints about it - unimpressive fuel economy and coarse driving experience (that automatic).
Given the intent of Smart, it may be better to drop the ICE and just go electric only.
"Smart USA general manager Mark Webster" So do you imagine Mark's company car is a "Smart" or a Mercedes?
I thought only Domino's Pizza owned EV Smarts.