Those cute little Smart Cars are getting a boost -- of electricity. Daimler AG announced it will unveil an electric roadster concept at the Geneva auto show next month.
The car is called "Forspeed," and it is designed to show that driving a green car with no emissions can be fun. It has a range of about 84 miles and is powered by a 30-kilowatt electric motor installed at the rear of the car.
If that's not different enough, the Forspeed also has no roof or side windows. Instead of a windshield, there is a low wind deflector with photovoltaic cells that feed solar power to the on-board electrical system.
The interior and its passengers can be protected against bad weather by a stretchable cover. There are also no door handles on the outside -- you have to reach into the car to access a grip to open the doors.
Smart boss Annette Winkler said there are no plans right now to build the car for mass consumption, but some design features could make an appearance.
"Some design elements will be seen in series production models," Winkler told Automotive News Europe, adding that the Forspeed "reinforces the positioning of Smart as a think tank for the electric mobility of the future."
Gorden Wagener, head of design at Smart parent Mercedes-Benz, described the Forspeed as "young, trendy, puristic, but beautiful" with modern features that make it like an "iPhone on wheels."
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