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The new smart fortwo electric drive is now available to buy from dealerships in China. The smart brand celebrated this market launch at the Guangzhou Motor Show, where the all-electric city runabout was presented to the Chinese public.

The new generation smart electric drive has been available in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan since production began in 2012. In Germany the electric smart quickly became the number one battery-powered electric vehicle, securing a market share of around 40%. Roughly 93% of customers would recommend the smart electric drive, according to the brand.

The 55 kW electric motor delivers 130 N·m (96 lb-ft) of torque; acceleration from from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) takes 4.8 seconds. Top speed is 125 km/h (78 mph). The 17,6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack supports a range of 145 kilometers (90 miles).

The battery is produced by Deutsche ACCUmotive (a Daimler joint venture with Evonik); the electric motor comes from EM-motive (a Daimler joint venture with Bosch); and the vehicle is manufactured in the Hambach smart factory in France.

smart is now represented in 46 markets worldwide with the brand most recently introduced in Russia. Alongside Germany and Italy, China is one of the main sales markets for smart, with sales there increasing by 43.8% in 2012.

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HarveyD

A smart move for Smart EV to go where the best market growth is.

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