Even the iconic Mercedes G-Wagen will go electric in a few years.
Autocar’s Steve Cropley recently interviewed Mercedes CEO, Ola Källenius. He reiterated the company is fully committed to EVs.
Källenius stated Mercedes would like to continue their involvement with Formula 1 racing should the situation should the future be “ecologically satisfactory as well as financially sound.” Mercedes has been the Formula One World Constructors’ Champions for the past six years and recently joined the Formula E all-electric championship.
Unlike its Smart Forfour platform-mate, the Renault Twingo Z.E. doesn’t look like a robotic boxfish. Nor was it conspicuously canceled recently in a major market. It’s instead a charming, newly-electrified variant of a typically French minicar.
The Twingo Z.E. ‘s battery is much larger than its Smart counterpart—22.0 kWh compared to the Smart’s 17.6 kWh unit. That’s enough to bump up range considerably, with the Renault managing to go up to 143 miles on the European testing cycle—compared to just under 100 miles for the Smart variant.
The Z.E. shares the Smart’s 82 horsepower motor, which is mounted out back and significantly contributes to the car’s small turning radius. Top speed is limited to 84 mph, which should be plenty for what’s essentially a short-range city car. Maximum charging is 22 kW, which allows the Twingo Z.E. to gain 50 miles of range in about 30 minutes in optimal conditions.