Partners Daimler AG – via its wholly owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE – and enercity (Stadtwerke Hannover AG) are building a “live spare parts store”.
The third-generation smart fortwo electric drive has been on the roads since 2012, delighting customers around the world. The next generation is revved up and ready to go. The smart EQ fortwo models heralded the start of the EQ era. But what happens if the battery fails? Car manufacturers are prepared for this eventuality, of course, and must have suitable replacements available. This innovative storage concept has another decisive advantage.
For a battery to be ready for use upon replacement, it must be regularly cycled – gently charged and discharged – while in storage. Otherwise, it might deep-discharge, which can damage the battery.