Monday, July 22, 2024

Smart #1 EV, Ready To Compete With Hyundai Kona Electric and VW ID.3

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Smart #1 is an electric vehicle designed to compete with the Hyundai Kona Electric or VW ID.3 in Europe. More importantly, this car has kicked off the reimagining of the Smart brand, becoming an electric car company.

Smart #1 is also the first product since the ownership of Smart was taken by half by the Chinese automotive giant, Geely, in 2019.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the platform is provided by Geely. The Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) is the basis and relies on a 66 kWh battery spread across the floor.

Smart claims #1 can cover 440 km on a full charge. The body shape that has minimal sharp angles, the active grille (the holes can be opened and closed) and the door handles that are kept flat on the body produce an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.29. This supports for smooth movement through the wind so as not to waste battery.

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However, the choice of electric motor that drives is still limited. The new Smart equips it with an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. Its power is equivalent to 265 hp with a peak torque of 343 Nm.

But later, it is certain that there will be several options for #1. The SEA platform is known to be one of the most flexible electric car bases. One of them can accommodate up to three electric motors. So, don’t be surprised if there will be #1 four-wheel motion.

Another advantage is, according to Geely and Smart claims, even though it is compact in size, the cabin relief can be compared to a sedan in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class class. Somehow they can be sure of that. From the photos we got, to be honest, nothing seems possible.

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But looking at the size data, this car has a length dimension of 4,270 mm and a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. The height also promises a generous headroom with a size of 1,636 mm. Compared to the Xpander which is 1,750 mm, it is still inferior, but still taller than the Corolla Cross, which has a height of 1,620 mm.

Apart from dimensions, Smart #1 is given a variety of interesting features such as a 12.8-inch multimedia screen for passengers. While driving information is shared through a 9.2-inch screen and heads-up display. Other supporting features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring to adaptive headlights.

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