German magazine auto motor und sport reports that smart will begin testing lithium-ion battery packs in its smart electric vehicle next year. If the outcome is positive, said CEO Anders Jensen, the company may quickly decide on serial production.
The smart car, said Jensen, “is predestined for alternative fuels. We have the space and do not have to redesign the car for this kind of drive.”
The company is currently testing 100 smart fortwo ed (electric drive) units in London (earlier post). The Li-ion trials might begin in Los Angeles, according to Jensen, the city in the US where the smart is selling the best.