Smart is the producer of one of the economic and ecological cars around the world: the smart fortwo. The brand takes advantage of the use of alternative technologies to develop greener vehicles. The smart fortwo electric drive shows the pioneering role of the small car brand. As an electric car is locally emission-free, high efficiency and quiet. Sustainability representing the highest level. The prototype of the next-generation smart fortwo electric drive is presented in the U.S. for the first time at the NAIAS 2009. In late 2009, smart will begin production of the smart fortwo electric drive with a lithium-ion battery. The company is exploring opportunities for the U.S. market.
The project has proved a great success with our customers to provide feedback is very encouraging. In addition, the authorities in England have rewarded the efforts of the Smart to leave the driver of the vehicle through the electric Smart expensive London congestion charge. London was chosen as the perfect test for the city because of its high population density and infrastructure, which includes the heavy traffic led to a shortage of parking, hard to noise and pollution. Participation in the project had initially agreed to companies that operate their own fleets of vehicles, in particular, that urban areas to ride.
Smart fortwo electric drive is equipped with a series of state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion technology has decisive advantages over other batteries, including small size, high performance, shorter charging times, higher reliability. Evonik Industries AG, Essen, and Daimler AG in Stuttgart are developing the future of energy storage. Based on the lithium-ion technology skills, Evonik and Daimler, the two groups on research, development and production of cells and battery systems in Germany. In the near future, the cell Li-Tec and Smart electric car, Mercedes-Benz Cars. This represents an important milestone in the mass production of electric cars. On the way to achieve technological leadership in recent years, Evonik has invested around 80 million. The result is a production-ready hi-tech battery cells, which are superior to competing products in several key areas.
On December 15, 2008, Daimler AG has acquired 49.9 percent of the Li-Tec GmbH Vermögensverwaltung (Li-Tec). Evonik Industries AG already owns 50.1 percent. Both parties seek to involve a third shareholder in Li-Tec with expertise in integrating electrical and electronic systems. In addition, the companies will also establish a joint venture with a clear focus on the development and production of batteries and battery systems for automotive applications. Daimler will hold 90 percent of the joint venture and 10 percent of Evonik.
Lithium-ion batteries produced by the joint use of cars and commercial vehicles sector. Available capacity in Li-Tec and begin to focus on the needs of a joint venture of Daimler AG. In addition, sales of batteries and third party systems are planned. Most customers came to London to participate in the essay project. Participants will lease electric Smart 4 years or 40000 miles, in addition to the project officially ends in 2012.