Daimler has announced that the next generation all-electric Smart Fortwo will go into production by mid November, at the auto giant’s Hambach factory in France. Called the Fortwo Electric Drive, it will feature a lithium-ion battery pack, supplied by Tesla Motors, which is expected to enter the Singaporean market soon. Recently, Daimler purchased a 10% stake in the American electric car maker. The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is powered by a 41HP motor, which is also good for 120Nm of pulling power.
It can slowly accelerate to 60 km/h in 6.5 seconds, and will max out at about 100 km/h. According to the auto maker, the 14 kWh battery pack in the electric Smart Fortwo can be recharged via a household power outlet and a three-hour charge should be good for about 35 km/h. A full charge, that should take six to eight hours, can enable the electric car to deliver 115 kilometers in terms of driving range. The Fortwo Electric Drive will be initially leased out to customers in Europe and in the US. If you are interested to buy one, you would have to wait till 2012. Continue reading to view an image gallery.