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July 3, 2012 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Daimler’s Car2Go Fleet Is Getting 86 More EVs

The Car2Go fleet in San Diego, which launched late last year with 300 battery electric Smart Fortwo cars, is getting 86 more, reports Abe Samari, who handles the U.S. Southwest, including Southern California, for Daimler Vehicle Innovations, LLC.

Daimler Smart Electric in San Diego’s Old Town — the Car2go car-share program launched in November 2011 with 300 battery electric cars is getting nearly 90 more.

They are Generation 2 battery Smart cars, with Zytek drivelines and Tesla batteries.

The two-seat Mercedes EVs are built in Hambach, France. Daimler said last month that it has invested some 200 million euros – $254 million U.S.– in facility improvements (F&F, June 19).

‘The first true European electric car’ — third-generation 100% battery electric Daimler Mercedes Smart Fortwo cars are in production at Hambach, France

The third-generation battery Smart cars in production at Hambach have lithium ion batteries from Deutsche Accumotive and 55-kilowatt motors from EM-Motive – joint venture entities between Daimler and Evonik and Bosch, respectively.

The 17.6-kilowatt-hour Deutsche Accumotive battery pack affords a single-charge range of 145 kilometers, or about 90 miles, the manufacturer says.

The U.S. launch of the third generation battery car has meanwhile been pushed back 90 days – to February, Samari says, due to strong demand in Germany.

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