Rumored: New Electric Smart Delayed Due to Battery Supply
Smart is set to receive updates for model year 2013, with the electric ForTwo receiving the most significant changes. The electric Smart, however, will be delayed due to a problem with the new battery.
According to a report from Automotive News, the electric ForTwo will now launch in September 2012, instead of the summer. The delay is due to an issue discovered during battery production, although — unsurprisingly — no particular detail is given. Although Tesla was once linked to the Smart EV program, Daimler is now sourcing battery packs from Deutsche Accumotive — a joint venture with Evonic — and procuring cells from Li-Tec.
A Daimler spokesperson tells AN the delay isn’t tied to technical or quality defects, but mentions the automaker “doesn’t want to lower [its] sights in safeguarding quality.”
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