An electric variant of the Smart ForFour Cabrio will be launched in 2016, confirmed a Mercedes-Benz representative.
Last month, Smart, a division of Daimler AG which owns marques such as Mercedes-Benz, had announced its plans to produce a ForFour Cabrio, with future plans of bringing out various variants including a stretched ForFour specific to the US market and also a ForTwo electric vehicle.
Now, it is clear that Smart will develop an electric version of the ForFour Cabrio too, which will come out with the Electric Drive badge. Thomas Weber, who is a member of the development team at Mercedes-Benz, confirmed that the model is under development. However, Smart will continue to bring out the previous generation ForTwo Electric Drive cars, which began delivery to customers in May 2013.
The nitty-gritty of the 2016 Smart ForTwo and ForFour is not out yet. It is safe to assume that the drive will be based on the existing ForTwo ED, with a little upgrade to add a bit more juice. The current ForTwo ED comes with a 55 kW magneto electric motor, attached with a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It is capable of doing a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 78 mph (125 km/h), with a range of around 90 miles (145 km).