Smart Will Stop Selling Gas-Powered Cars in the US

  • Smart Will Stop Selling Gas-Powered Cars in the US

Smart Will Stop Selling Gas-Powered Cars in the US

Aversion to the Smart brand has been particularly strong in the US, where shoppers typically avoid small cars. "A dedicated focus on the electric drive in the United States and Canada provides a logical step to support a sustainable, zero emissions future", Exler said.

Mercedes-Benz USA sold 6,211 Smart cars past year, down 16% over 2015, as US gasoline prices have remained low.

If at first you don't succeed, try again-at least that's Daimler's motto for its underperforming Smart brand.

Further, the fortwo Electric Drive is arguably the best version of the auto: its driving range may be limited to a bit more than 100 km, but it's a much quieter vehicle without a three-cylinder engine rattling around between the rear wheels.

The Smart Fortwo electric drive swaps the gas engine for a three-phase synchronous electric motor producing 80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque.

The move follows Smart's steadily declining sales in recent years as increased demand for crossovers and SUVs have been fueled by low gas prices.

Daimler's Smart division has confirmed it will soon stop selling gasoline-powered cars in the United States and in Canada.

"Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio", Smart's statement read. Unlike the outgoing EV's Tesla-supplied battery, Smart will use a 17.2-kWh lithium-ion pack developed by Daimler-owned ACCUmotive.

Smart released its 2017 models went in early December a year ago, but it still has 2016 models in dealer inventories.

The new electric-only production plan applies to the USA and Canada only. This is only for North America and other markets are unaffected.

Smart was first introduced to the USA five years ago via various trial programs, including Mercedes' Car2Go ride-sharing service fleets.