Daimler is manufacturing the Smart Electric Drive in Hambach, France. Around 750 workers put out all the Smart ForTwos in the world – that’s over 1.4 million vehicles and counting. The ForTwo Electric Drive is also built there which makes it the first series production electric vehicle in Europe.
Daimler has invested over 200 million euros to expand the manufacturing plant to allow production of the EV model and other future products.
Smart head Annette Winkler says that over 1000 Smart Electric Drives have been built and ‘production is now being continuously ramped up to meet high customer demand worldwide.’
The Smart ForTwo EV will start at $25,000 US before any tax credits when it goes on sale in the Spring. That means it’s the cheapest EV money can buy for a full highway capable electric vehicle. It will be available as a coupe or cabrio model, and comes with a 55 kW electric motor and a 17.6kWh battery pack that Smart says will allow it to travel up to 90 miles in city traffic.
Annette Winkler added that “With every electric smart coming from Hambach we offer affordable electric mobility for everyone.” The first Smart Electric Drive vehicles have already been delivered to customers in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal and more than 30 other markets will follow successively.