Smart Might Only Offer Electric Cars in the Near Future

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Smart Might Only Offer Electric Cars in the Near Future

The Smart brand might be dumping its gasoline combustion engines.

According to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Smart is refocusing its brand in North America and will only offer electric vehicles before the end of the year. The newspaper cites a letter Mercedes-Benz USA sent to its dealerships that said the sale of Smart cars with combustion engines would stop this September.

That means only the electric version of the Smart fortwo coupe and convertibles will be offered by next year.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Review

Smart fortwo sales have never been significant in North America. Last year, Smart sold just 6,211 units in the U.S. and 1,875 units in Canada. The brand got off to a respectable start in the U.S. in 2008 when it moved 24,622 units, but those numbers have since fizzled.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacusⓊ

    so then i was right.
    Dr. Annette Winkler the new boss at smart wants to destroy the fortwo because she can.

    This is not her car to destroy and there is nothing wrong with having a combustion engine.

    This car was the brainchild of the late genius Nicholas Hayek who gave the world the Swatch Watch. He never intended for his creation to be a battery electric car. I know because i have a couple of books on it right here on my bookshelf.

  • eddieo

    Excellent news, very Smart indeed!
    The electric version is far superior to classic motor, and it is well past time that we get all carbon burners off the road.

  • smartacusⓊ

    smart sales are super low compared to other vehicles
    smart ED sales are super low compared to other smarts

  • smartacusⓊ

    translation: they’re pulling out of the US in a there tiered plan:

    -first step was the gynocentric new design to lower sales
    -2nd will be to drastically lower sales by only offering the least popular seller
    -3rd will be closing down smart USA

  • TomfromWB

    Put one hundred ED’s and one hundred diesels with a 400 mile range side by side on the lots and see which sells.

  • Fred M

    EXTREMELY wrong decision…smart way to go would be to offer the diesel version in the U.S. – and consider dropping the ED version altogether. I love my gas smart and bought it because it IS a gas combustion engine (and the diesel wasn’t available). After 9+ years of ownership (bought my 2008 smart in Jan. of ’08), I have only two regrets:
    1. the diesel remains unavailable in the U.S.
    2. the ED (and to a lesser extent the ‘hybrid’) have diluted the smart brand and hurt sales.

    The U.S. market has too many drivers that want longer-distance-capable vehicles to run on the interstates or to make it 200+ miles to the country cabin and back without having to look for a charging station. We also still have lots of car owners that want to do their own maintenance on an engine they understand…combustion – not electric batteries.

    Make it ED-only and smart might as well just leave the U.S. market. If so, they should offer to buy-back any ED and hybrids already sold so that the owners won’t be left with un-serviceable cars.

  • smartacusⓊ

    100% agree with you.
    smart needed to offer a diesel version in the USA

  • Smart Tech

    The car was designed to be a City-Car / local-use, NOT for interstates, so that aspect must be taken off the table. (for interstates,those little tires would have to be changed twice a year)
    The Smart was originally designed (over 15 years ago) to be an electric car but the battery technology costs did not make it viable at the time.
    Diesel is not what you want for a ‘City” car. Only considerations for diesel should be for longer commutes than ‘city’ or ‘local’ driving which this was not, again, designed for.
    The tritium base shell up thru today, not including the very newest models, always was ready at anytime to be fit with a battery pack and change the electronics over to electric-drive.
    The bolt holes have always been in the base shell for battery technology to ‘catch-up’ and a couple of years ago, when the first electrics were available, that’s exactly what happened. They didn’t change/redesign the shell, they just bolted up the battery and changed the wiring harnesses.
    The Smart was always to be an Electric Solution.

  • Smart Tech

    Since self-modifications, starting in 2008, I get NO less than 50 miles to the gallon in my Passion model. The ONLY time I get less, usually in the 40s, is when the A.C. is in use in the summer or when the engine is running richer in the extreme cold weather months.

  • Smart Tech

    50 miles per TIMES 8.5 gallons(tank filled) is OVER 400 miles. I only have to fill up once a month……….or more.

  • Mike

    Horrible decision. Most of the US is not at all like Europe. We have many large open spaces in the US that contain very limited infrastructure. Many of us commute long distances by car because most of the US lacks any form of commuter rail or similar. My 2012 gasoline powered Smart was routinely driven 140 miles/day on my daily commute on the US Interstate system, often in stop and go traffic, very often in sub-freezing New England weather, at 65 MPH. I’m still using the original factory tires after 40,000 miles, they show little wear! My worksite provided no EV charging facilities, nor are there any public charging facilities within miles of my worksite, and it was located in a heavily populated urban area. If you want to essentially eliminate all Smart vehicle sales in the US, then go all-electric. I’ll never own one. They don’t have the needed range most of us require. The power plants that generate electricity for recharging them are not pollution free – and many are no cleaner than the internal combustion engines that power the US Smart. You’re not reducing global carbon footprint with an EV, you’re simply making it someone else’s problem.

  • James

    Any gasoline 38 mpg Smart is better than their bigger 19 MPG cousins on the road & in gas economy.

    Forget what they were designed for, I just don’t see the range being there for electric.

    I drove 240 miles, just 1 way & electric would have made me have to charge 3x with an additional half day added to the trip, just for charging, not to mention the return!

    Electric is great, but the charge times & range limit it.

  • James

    I have an 08 that I get 38 MPG.
    What kind of magical mods have you done?
    Mine is gas, no diesel or turbo charger.

  • James

    While I’d love to keep my smart, with them quitting production, would it be wise to hold onto the Smart at 38 MPG, or dump it for a Toyota Prius at 60 MPG?

    Much as I like my Smart, I wouldn’t know a thing about repairing evap sensors or other complex things, should they go wrong & without a dealer to service it!

  • James

    Problems with Electric:

    1: I don’t want to be stranded after 80 miles & waiting an hour or two to refill.
    A: Gasoline has 350+ Mile range, & refill is minutes.

    2: Electric production at the power plant produces more carbon pollution.
    A: Smart gas/diesel produce far less than other cars.

    3: 320 mile trip would take 4 stops to recharge electric, at 2 hours? Each stop!
    A: Return would be 4 more, or 8! Gas only takes 2.

    Why waste a whole day just charging up to go somewhere?
    How long will the battery last, before > Landfill?

    I’d honestly probably be scared to be on an e-Car without about a 1,000 mile range.
    What if I traveled 500 miles from home (as I do sometimes) & no charge stations?

    They need to use the 8.7 gallon gas tank to power a very tiny gas alternator to recharge the batteries for the electric engine to power the car!

    That would make it easy to get thousands of miles per tank, reducing the gas use to almost none & making stopping for electric recharge a thing of the past!

  • Suzette Jones Konzem

    I have had my Fortwo Passion since 2012. I worked as an on call RN for home health & hospice in the Texas Hill-country, working 126 hrs every other week. There were far too many weekends I drove over 1000 miles. I now have 150K miles on my odometer & I still love my vehicle. There are no rural electrical charging stations in my area. This is one of the sturdiest cars I have ever driven. I have accidentally hit 3 whitetail deer, 2 Ferrall hogs & a very large dog, in the middle of the night. The Smart was still driveable & repairs were far less expensive & shop time was rarely over 3 hrs. I was able to duct tape & zip-tie it together til parts were available. I am very disappointed in the decision to go electric. I guess I best buy another before the gas powered are gone or switch to a different vehicle.😡😥

  • SmartieUSA

    As a smart owner from the 2006 European fortwo and now a 2017 Brabus fortwo I can assure you the Smart is not just a city car. With a low RPM cruise and the new 6 speed dual clutch trans this is an excellent cruiser. Better than most econoboxes.
    Saying the tires will have short life shows you are not an owner. I run performance tires and still get excellent wear and great driving response.
    The 2006 was a good smart and the 2017 is very good. Could use better sound insulation in the rear but otherwise well done.
    I have no interest in a Smart that has a range of 90 miles followed by 2.5 to 5 hours of charging.