For all its, well, shortcomings, the Smart car has often been an ambitious workshop for forward-thinking automotive design. The Forvision concept, scheduled to have its debut in Frankfurt this month, appears to be a message from Daimler, Smart’s parent, to BMW and its “i” subbrand: two can play at this city-car-of-tomorrow game.
An advanced electric drive system is one of the older technologies applied to this laboratory on wheels. The concept’s newer features include a fully transparent glass roof that incorporates photovoltaic cells. Even in poor lighting conditions, the cells would generate enough energy to power the car’s multimedia system and three HVAC fans, Daimler claims.
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