Electric version of DaimlerChrysler’s Smart car has been developed

An electric version of DaimlerChrysler’s Smart car has been developed by UK powertrain specialist Zytek. The zero-emission prototype is driven by a water-cooled, brushless DC electric motor producing 30kW (40bhp) at 10,000rpm. Power is provided by sodium nickel chloride batteries mounted under the front seats which give the car a range of 100km. Sutton Coldfield-based […]

An electric version of DaimlerChrysler’s Smart car has been developed by UK powertrain specialist Zytek. The zero-emission prototype is driven by a water-cooled, brushless DC electric motor producing 30kW (40bhp) at 10,000rpm. Power is provided by sodium nickel chloride batteries mounted under the front seats which give the car a range of 100km. Sutton Coldfield-based Zytek hopes the electric smart car will repeat the success of its electric Lotus Elise, which was voted one of the top 50 technologies of 1998 by the Society of Automotive Engineers.