According to a new and very interesting report, Smart’s North American division is getting ready to boldly ditch gas-powered vehicles altogether in the United States and Canada.
This would be a first for an automaker to go for such a radical, yet eco-friendly solution. Apparently a letter from Mercedes-Benz HQ to local dealers, written by US chief Dietmar Exler, says local sales of vehicles with combustion engines will be discontinued this coming September. This means the 2018 model year range will only have all-electric models. For North America Smart hasn’t decided to introduce the ForFour model, instead relying on the ForTwo and ForTwo Cabrio – so their respective EV versions will be the only ones on offer.
“Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio,” reportedly said Exler in the letter. “Therefore, with the launch of the fourth-generation Smart ForTwo electric drive this summer, the Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada.” In 2016 the Smart brand sold a limited number of cars – 6,211 examples – with 657 electric, but the brand was still clearing up inventory of the previous generation models. Now the new generation ForTwo ED is coming out in the summer, with an all-electric range extension from 68 to 75 miles on a single charge.