For fans of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, the spring of 2012 cannot come soon enough: Daimler has just announced its intentions to release the third generation of this vehicle by that time.
If you are one of these people, it is obviously time to get your monetary affairs in order so you are ready for the big day.
The vehicle will be released in more than 30 markets around the world. For the first time it will be equipped with a battery pack manufactured by Deutsche Accumotive - the partnership created by Evonik Industries AG and Daimler AG in 2008.
The car is powered by an electric motor delivering 55kW. Its top speed is 120km/h (75mph). In city traffic it has a range of about 140km (87 miles). The acceleration time of less than 13 seconds for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint should be more than sufficient for most drivers.
This was one of Daimler's biggest success stories in a long time. The power source was used in a test fleet in London for the first time in 2007. The second generation was released in 18 markets during 2009. The initial aim was simply to gather as much information as possible about the driving patterns of the typical electric car user. Daimler did not plan to produce more than 1,000 of the cars, but eventually more than 2,000 have been produced so far.
In response to customer feedback, the latest model will have better acceleration and a higher top speed than its predecessors.
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