All-electric versions of the Smart Fortwo and Forfour will arrive in 2016, powered by the same electric running gear as Renault's Zoe
Jim Holder
16 September 2015

All-electric versions of the Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour will go on sale from late 2016.

The announcement was made during a conference held by Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche and Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who were speaking at an event held between the joint venture partners.

The electric Smarts, which will also be available in Fortwo cabriolet form, sit on the same platform as the Renault Twingo, which was co-developed by the partners.

The new Smarts will use a modified version of the Renault-developed electric motor that is currently on sale in the Zoe, but will utilise a battery developed by the Daimler-owned company.

There is no news on whether an electric version of the Renault Twingo will be sold, but such a car is unlikely as it would directly compete with the Zoe.

Speaking at the conference, Zetsche said: "The Smart Fortwo has been the best-selling electric vehicle in Germany for three years and we see this new venture as a way of widening that success."

Ghosn commented that the Renault-Nissan alliance currently sells half of all the electric vehicles sold globally, saying that "adding Daimler to our electric motor production brings another layer of scale that helps us build on our EV plans."

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16 September 2015
How would this directly compete with the Zoe when they are two completely different size cars?

16 September 2015
@owenmahamilton They are both very similar sized cars. As the Zoe isn't selling in similar numbers to the Leaf, I too don't see why they'd want to water their own market down even more by offering another small electric car.

17 September 2015
I see why they wouldn't want to have 2 competing cars in their brand, but I would love to see an electric Twingo. As much as I kinda like the Zoe, the Twingo has more visual appeal, and the name is established.

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