City car manufacturer Smart Automobile has launched its #1 Smart electric car technology in Europe (7/4). Smart #1 is the first electric SUV in Smart’s history as well as the successor to Smart Forfour.
Interestingly, Smart #1 is also the first smart car after becoming a joint venture brand between Mercedes-Benz and Geely.
“The inaugural launch of Smart #1 in Berlin marks another milestone in the new Smart brand journey,” said Tong Xiangbei, Global Chief Executive Officer of smart Automobile.
“We believe that the global market will receive a unique and premium electric urban mobility experience a la Smart,” added Tong.
Smart #1 was developed using Geely’s electric car platform, namely the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA).
By using this modular platform, Smart #1 is said to have a compact body that offers ample interior space.
Interestingly, Smart #1 also has performance that can interfere with larger electric cars like the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
It is equipped with an electric motor that drives the rear wheels capable of spitting out 200 kW or 272 hp and 343 Nm of torque.
When compared to the Ioniq 5 Long Range RWD, Smart #1 has a more powerful 55 hp motor even though it loses a little torque.
Smart claims the Smart #1 battery can provide a range of 420-440 kilometers according to Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP) standards.
This battery can also be charged via AC charging with a maximum power of 22 kW and a DC fast charger with a power of 150 kW.
The claim is that the Smart #1 battery can be charged 10-80% in 3 hours with AC charging or 30 minutes with DC fast charger.