Daimler start production of Smart fortwo electric drive image

  • Daimler on Tuesday became the first German automaker to begin mass production of an electric car.

German automaker Daimler AG started production of the new smart fortwo electric drive at the smart Hambach plant.

Like the models with combustion engines, the electric vehicle is now rolling off the production line in the standardized production process. Furthermore, Daimler invests more than €200 million to upgrade the site and secure its future.

“The new Smart ED is the first genuine electric car in Europe,” Daimler said in a statement. Its vital electronic components come from both Daimler and car parts supplier Bosch.

The electric version of the two-seater, which is built on the same production line as counterparts with combustion engines, has a range of 145 kilometers (90 miles) before needing to be recharged.

Daimler offers the electric vehicles starting at 18,910 euros, with the battery rented separately for 65 euros a month. Including the battery, the car is priced from 23,680 euros.

Prices in Germany (including 19% VAT):
smart fortwo electric drive
18.910,00 €
22.000,00 €
65,00 €/month
Vehicle including battery
smart fortwo electric drive
23.680,00 €
26.770,00 €
Delivery in Germany starts in late summer, all other markets – a total of more than 30 – will follow successively.