Smart to be electric-only in Europe by 2020

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Daimler has announced that the Smart brand, which has switched over to all-electric in North America for model year 2018, will also be available in electric format only in Europe by 2020. The announcement was made by Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, at the OEM’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Zetsche also reconfirmed Daimler’s commitment to offering at least one electrified model in each segment by 2022.

“We are electrifying our vans, trucks and buses. And we have many more plans – also going beyond our products,” added Zetsche.

“At Daimler, we initiated the transformation from an automobile manufacturer into a mobility provider about 10 years ago.”

As part of this electrification strategy, Daimler and BMW will combine their efforts in the field of mobility services, after signing an agreement to that effect in late March.

“That way,” adds Zetsche, “we can offer our customers a complete package that ranges from carsharing to ridesharing, and to parking and charging.”

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