Smart will unveil an autonomous EV concept in Frankfurt
30 August 2017 - Autoblog
Urban mobility minicar maker Smart took to Instagram to tease a new concept car it plans to unveil next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It's an all-electric, autonomous car that borrows its electric powertrain from the Mercedes-Benz EQ.
The partial reveal on Instagram doesn't give much to go on visually, except for an interesting LCD display on the front grille. (Or is that the rear? We're not sure.) It's due to hit the International Motor Show (IAA) Sept. 11.
In a news release touting its IAA lineup, Daimler touts the car as being "an intelligent solution for shared urban mobility." Here's more from the company (tl;dr version: It's an electric, autonomous, car-sharing concept):
With the new, electrically powered smart showcar, the brand is exhibiting a study by the recently founded product and technology brand EQ as a world première. This fully autonomously driving study is the first model to comprehensively embody all four pillars of the corporate strategy CASE: "Connected", "Autonomous", "Shared" and "Electric". It stands for maximum mobility efficiency in and for the urban environment thanks to systematic further development of the carsharing concept, and makes the vision of individualised, highly flexible urban public transport a reality.
Our recent First Drive review of a 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Carbrio was fairly brutal, with the author noting that Mercedes' Smart subsidiary "has not learned anything, but simply converted their previous losing formula to run on electricity."
Smart announced back in 2016 it planned to electrify its entire lineup.