Remember the smart car? The brand is 20 years old this year (yup, 20!) and will roll out the smart forease concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It’s what the brand does best, tiny and funky cars, powered by electric now, of course. It’s based on the production smart EQ fortwo cabrio.

The absence of a roof and the shorter windscreen are obvious highlights on the forease, which openness and minimalistic style are a tribute to pioneering smart concept cars such as the crossblade of 2001 and forspeed of 2011. The door handles are seamlessly recessed in the doors.

The showcar’s metallic white two-door contrasts with “stream green” accents and matte silver on the trademark Tridion cell. Speaking of safety, the two domes behind the seats are also for occupant protection. The bright shade of green is also found inside – on the borders of the air vents/screen, steering wheel and sides of the seats.

As a city car brand, smart is well-placed to make the leap from internal combustion engines to electric drive. Since 2017, the Daimler brand has been selling only electric vehicles in the USA, Canada and Norway. From 2020, it will be marketing only battery-powered cars in Europe, with the rest of the world due to follow soon after. The smart forease concept is to prove that electric cars for city use will be anything but boring.