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Smart Vision EQ Concept Foresees Future as an All-Electric Brand

Smart will go all-electric in U.S., Europe by 2020, with other markets to follow.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche introduces the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

With its butterfly doors, a complete lack of steering wheel and other controls, and a lithium-ion battery pack tucked neatly below the floor, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept that made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Monday night is designed to give us a glimpse of the future. But that may not be nearly as far off as it might seem.

By most forecasts, we’re likely to see the first real autonomous vehicles start rolling into showrooms by 2020, and several automakers are promising to build their first completely driverless models before mid-decade.

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As for Smart, “by the end of this decade,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the Smart brand’s parent, Daimler AG, “we will switch the Smart brand in Europe and the U.S. to completely electric drive, and the rest of the world will follow.” (more…)

Smart Plugs In With Vision EQ Fortwo Concept

Electric prototype to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Aug.30, 2017

The Smart Vision EQ Fortwo is the company's view of the future of urban transportation.

Earlier this year, Daimler’s Smart city car brand announced it would go all-electric in the U.S. market, abandoning the gas-powered remake of the two-seat Fortwo model it had launched here barely a year before.

Few would be surprised to see Smart abandon the internal combustion engine entirely in the not-too-distant future. But that might be just one of the many changes Daimler appears to be envisioning for the city car brand. The new Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept due to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month gives us a hint of what else might be in store.

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“The Smart Vision EQ Fortwo is our vision of future urban mobility; it is the most radical car sharing concept car of all: fully autonomous, with maximum communication capabilities, friendly, comprehensively personalisable and, of course, electric,” said Smart CEO Annette Winkler. (more…)