Smart only sell electric models in the USA from this summer

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from summer of Smart will only sell electric in the USA.

apparently, starting this summer, Smart will become the united States and Canada in a brand that will market exclusively electric models. That is to say, your catalogue is reduced to the model fortwo – in bodies cabrio and coupe – in the electric version. Since the forfour is not marketed to that side of the Atlantic.

Was the head of Mercedes Benz USA the that confirmed to the dealers Smart of these markets through a letter, so that from this summer will not be available for any Smart with a combustion engine, at least officially.

According to Automotive News, the change will come with the arrival of the model year 2018 in the united States and Canada, but we don’t know if the brand will continue exporting units until then or if for the moment, just sell the stock accumulated, so that we have been able to find, is also formed by units with specifications model 2016.

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Smart fortwo cabrio ED.

The reasons have not been revealed by the brand but are also simple to figure out. In 2016, Smart only sold 6.211 vehicles in the united States, which is clearly very low for a market of that size. So taking into account the rise of the electric, it is quite feasible to think that you intend to bet only for this growing niche.

Within those sales figures we found only 657 electric drives, a little more than ten percent of the total volume. A priori does not seem enough to justify its presence in the market, but you must keep in mind that Daimler is developing a new range of electric, and surely, this step has been thoroughly meditated with a view to the coming years.

in fact, the last novelty of Smart is range Electric Drive, made in Europe for the fortwo coupé and cabrio and the forfour, this last model is only sold in Europe, where the segments B and C have more weight.

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The forfour is not marketed in the USA.

The technical scheme is the same for all versions, features a
li-ion battery of 17.6 kWh and a electric motor (81 HP (60 kW),
with the that is capable of introducing in the cycle NEDC autonomy of a few
160 kilometers
in the case of the fortwo coupe and 155 kms in the other two
models.