A Mercedes-Benz representative has confirmed an electric variant of the Smart ForFour will be launched.

A Mercedes-Benz representative has confirmed an electric variant of the Smart ForFour will be launched.

Last month Smart announced plans to produce a ForFour Cabrio and also acknowledged the company is taking into consideration a stretched ForFour designed specifically for the U.S. market. Now, Thomas Weber part of the development team at Mercedes-Benz says an electric version of the ForFour is in the works.

Likely to wear the Electric Drive badge, the zero-emissions ForTwo and ForFour will probably come out sometime around 2016 at the earliest. Until then, production of the previous-gen ForTwo Electric Drive will continue, a decision which shouldn't come as a surprise taking into account deliveries of the model began in May 2013.

Technical details about the 2016 Smart ForTwo and ForFour have not been released but we remind you the current ForTwo ED comes with a 55 kW magneto electric motor working with a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This hardware setup grants a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 11.5 seconds and a 78 mph (125 km/h) top speed, with a maximum range of approximately 90 miles (145 km). In UK the ForTwo ED costs 12,275 GBP while in the United States it kicks off at 25,000 USD.

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Smart ForFour Electric Drive confirmed, slated for 2016 release