Cenex Smart Electric Drive Trial

The Smart Electric Drive (ED) is based on the Smart fortwo car, with an electric motor, battery pack and control unit. Based on its 30kW output the Smart ED model is important in the policy context in that it sets a new benchmark in the electric vehicle sector, being able to sustain a top speed of 60mph/96km/h (electronically limited), and offers better in-town performance than its petrol powered stable mate. Range is around 70 miles (112 km) with current battery availability. Cenex has provided the project with £100 000 of direct funding to support the development and testing of the electric drive and battery system. The objective is to assess the viability of Smart ED (electric drive) electric cars in the UK. Cenex has a remit to support the UK supply chain for innovative low carbon automotive technologies, and supporting the development of the Smart ED fulfills this objective, in as much as it uses electric driveline components and systems sourced from UK supplier Zytek. Cenex is also using the field trial phase of the project to collect useful information on the suitability of electric vehicles to different fleet operations, to help inform both fleet operators and technology developers about the market requirements for electric vehicles.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:


    Loughborough University
    Holywell Park, Ashby Road
    Loughborough,   UNITED KINGDOM  LE11 3TU
  • Project Managers:

    Shemeld, Graham

  • Start Date: 20070101
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25337

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461651
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM