Smart has unveiled the first model for its new generation of all-electric cars, known as Concept #1, at the Munich motor show.
“We’re celebrating an important milestone with the smart Concept #1, which is the forerunner of the next smart generation,” said Daniel Lescow, vice president of global sales for Smart automobile.
The Concept #1 is a sports utility vehicle. It is relatively compact on the outside but has a spacious interior, with the roomy feel enhanced by a glass roof and wheels positioned far out to the car’s corners.
The Concept #1 rear doors are hinged at the back and open in the opposite direction from the front doors. Opening both front and back doors at the same time provides an expansive view of the car’s interior.
Other features include glossy white paintwork, LED light strips at the front and rear and concealed door handles.
The Concept#1’s central computer controls the car’s infotainment, driver assistance, electric mobility and vehicle architecture, most of which can be updated remotely. An app for smartphones means the driver’s phone can function as a digital key.
In 2019, Smart became the first traditional car manufacturer to switch completely from internal combustion engine to electric drive only. The company claims to have a long history of leadership in fuel efficient and electric models, and has been making electric vehicles for around 14 years, having launched the electric Smart EQ Fortwo in 2007.
The new generation smart electric vehicles is being produced under a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Group.
Petra Stock is a Master of Journalism student who has worked in climate change, renewable energy and transport. She also works part-time in climate change for the Australian Conservation Foundation.