Initial production models for the European market will focus on government and fleet retrofitting. The British government is already working with Hybrid Technologies to introduce Hybrid Technologies’ lithium Mini Cooper into diplomatic service.
Hybrid Technologies has acquired an electric drivetrain developed over the last two years specifically for the Smart Car. The Smart Car will also use lithium-ion polymer batteries supplied by Korea’s EaglePicher Kokam.
Initial orders for lithium Smart Cars will be manufactured by Cinema Vehicles, the company that has already worked with Hybrid Technologies on its electric versions of the Crossfire (R Car), Mini Cooper and PT Cruiser.
Update: The lithium Smart Car will have a range of more than 120 miles per charge at highway speeds with a planned 30 kWh battery pack on board.
With a 3,000W charger, recharging will take approximately 10 hours at full discharge. An optional 5,000W charger will reduce that to 6 hours.
Hybrid Technologies is using an AC drive system.
Pricing is still to be determined.