There’s shockingly good news for the all-electric smart car, with a joint venture between Daimler and Geely Holding Group (Geely) promising an exciting range of innovative, new models from 2022. The agreement will ensure the long-term future of the smart car, with a new generation of pioneering and fun electric cars brightening up our streets and making our cities a cleaner, more pleasant place to live.
Under the agreement, the new smart electric vehicles will be styled by the worldwide Mercedes-Benz Design network and feature engineering from the Geely global engineering centres. Production of the vehicles will be located in a purpose-built electric car factory in China.
Protecting the innovative smart brand
Smart was the first manufacturer worldwide to offer electric vehicles across its entire range. This new partnership promises to turn the pioneer of small urban vehicles into the leader in premium electric vehicles and deliver the best possible mobility experience to its customers.
The next generation of smart electric cars will combine high-quality production techniques with exceptional safety standards to make it a top performer around the world. As part of the new venture, the smart product portfolio will also be extended into the fast-growing B segment, so you should expect to see a new smart car supermini in a showroom near you.
Until the launch of the all-new smart models in 2022, the current generation of vehicles will continue to be produced in the Hambach plant in France (the smart EQ fortwo) and the Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia (the smart EQ forfour). The Hambach plant will soon assume an additional role, with Mercedes-Benz Cars investing £500 million to produce a new compact electric vehicle of its own.
The electrifying appeal of smart
This is not the first exciting news we’ve heard from smart this year. As of August 2019, the smart range will become fully electric and be sold under the new brand: the smart EQ, which will bring an end to the existing petrol range. Ever the innovators, that will make smart one of the only car manufacturers in the world to offer its full range of vehicles in electric form.
The smart EQ fortwo coupé and the smart EQ forfour will provide all the convenience and enjoyment of a regular smart car but with zero driving emissions. The all-electric range will also feature the very latest connected-car technologies combined with the unique driving enjoyment only a smart car can bring.