Daimler has officially announced in a statement that the launch of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive has been postponed for three months.
According to the automotive giant, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be launched three months after the official date because of the quality control issues at Li-Tec, which is the sub-supplier which is in charge of manufacturing the battery cells which go into the 17.6 kWh battery pack, the result of a joint venture between Daimler and the German supplier Evonic. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be officially launched in September, 2012, even if the model has already been presented in a new commercial video.
As a reminder, the new Smart ForTwo Electric Vehicle has been officially presented to the public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September. The modes is equipped with an electric motor which is able to generate a total output of 74 horsepower or 55 kW, pushing the vehicle to 100 km/h from a standstill in around 13 seconds, with a top speed of 120 km/h. The Smart ForTwo EV’s autonomy will be just over 140 kilometers, with a maximum charge time of 8 hours if the battery is completely empty, of just half an hour if a fast charging station is being used. Prices for the Smart ForTwo EV are starting at 16.000 EUR.