A blazing trail to the world premiere.

smart electric drive Arizona test

First impressions of the new smart electric drive models come from the Daimler test centre in Stanfield, Arizona. There the city runabouts were subjected to extreme load tests. Such tests are completely normal at smart: every prototype has to prove itself over a period of almost two years

in the most adverse conditions – from the Arctic Circle to the torrid heat of the desert or in a digital simulator. See here what the smart electric drive models went through before their world premiere at the Paris Motor Show.

smart electric drive – ideal city car

Only the most extreme conditions for the ideal city car.

The way to France is arduous: south of Phoenix our newest electric models did their last laps in the torrid Arizona desert heat before their premiere at the Paris Motor Show. But it was a long and hard road to get here. Before the tests performed by our engineers, for example extensive battery cooling tests in heat of up to 50°C, the fourth generation smart electric drive had already been put through its paces in Northern Sweden in addition to endurance testing in its home city of Stuttgart.

Pioneer in the fourth generation.

Because constant improvement is the only way to stay ahead: Despite experience from three generations of electric mobility the new smart electric drive is raising the bar to a new level once again. The new battery must stay just as cool in one of the world's hottest and driest locations as it does in Arctic regions. But the tests performed not only help the smart electric drive to hold its own in the city jungle – they are also pioneering for further innovations within the Group. This is because the values measured in Arizona serve as extreme benchmarks for future prototypes: Daimler uses them for the digital simulators and climatic chambers worldwide – smart is and remains a true pioneer.

smart electric drive – pioneer in Arizona