smart micro hybrid driveNovember 19, 2008
smart is launching a new model with micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology. From now, 61hp and 71hp versions of the smart fortwo will feature micro hybrid drive as standard, which is an automatic start/stop start function helping to provide significant savings in terms of both fuel economy and emissions.
The smart mhd models return fuel savings of up to 24 per cent and lower CO2 emissions to 103 grams per kilometre.
The micro hybrid drive system operates during the engine idling phases. The engine stops when it senses that the smart’s speed drops below 5mph and the driver is braking. When the driver releases the brake pedal the engine is instantly restarted.
The start/stop function works in conjunction with the smart’s automated manual transmission and is completely seamless thanks to a powerful belt-driven starter generator that replaces both the conventional starter and alternator.
If the driver prefers not to use the micro hybrid drive system, it can be deactivated via a switch on the centre console until the next time the car is started.
There is also an upgraded interior and new exterior finishes.
The micro hybrid variant is available as a coupe and a cabrio in all three lines – pure, pulse and passion – and is priced from £7,060 on the road.