2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive First Drive KickingTires

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2013 Smart ForTwo Drive: First Drive

The Smart ForTwo isn’t one of our cars, and we have no qualms the world what we think of it. around the world have equally forthcoming in their about our evaluation of it as well, nearly fanatical owners us of bashing it unfairly. It’s to deny that the standard is slow, cheap feeling, and a questionable purchase compared to its

But now Smart is trying something something that the company was intended from the very an electric version. The 2013 ForTwo ED (for Electric not for a condition remedied by little pills) is here, and while not a answer to the issues that the gas-powered version, the Electric certainly makes for a more proposition.

Gone is the anemic 70-horsepower, engine driving the rear through an automated manual In its place is a 74-hp electric and single-speed gearbox, drawing from a 17.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion Performance with the new powertrain much improved, however, zero-to-60 mph still taking of 11.5 seconds. This is than the gas-powered version — it or not — but it still isn’t going to get pulse racing. Both the 500e and Chevrolet Spark EV handily trounce it in a stoplight race.

The ForTwo ED has an official range of 76 miles and a recharge of about six hours on a 240-volt 2 charging system. Plug it in to a 110-volt outlet and it’ll about 14 hours from to full or about 10 hours to go a 20% to an 80% charge. The numbers are on the high these days, as more and electric vehicles get higher-capacity that allow for faster Level 3 DC fast charging is not an on the ForTwo ED.

Aside from these the Smart ForTwo ED isn’t different than the standard The interior is largely the same little two-seat environment some extra EV-related and almost no cargo capacity. It is comfortable, has all the bells and whistles one want in a commuter car and even has an navigation system. It looks good in bright red cloth,

The driving experience is indeed — there’s no lurching, jerky manual transmission, just a flow of torque and motion you press the accelerator. At speeds up to 30 mph or so, in stop-and-go traffic for instance, the ED reasonably quick. But get out of that or find yourself trying to up with faster traffic, and quickly find the ED is still

The electric power steering unusually heavy for a tiny car. Unlike competitors the Fiat 500e, the ForTwo ED not feel light and nimble, but ponderous and slow to react to input. Brakes feel artificial — it’s bottom-hinged, pedal is golf-cart-like. All in all, the is better than the gas-powered but still not great. What’s the Two things: It’s not expensive, and you can get one as a That’s right; this is the only EV droptop. And it’s how much you can forgive when you can pop the top on a sunny day.

Yes it’s slow — but then you pop the and you don’t care. It doesn’t particularly well — and then you pop the and you don’t care. You can carry a or groceries but not both — and then you pop the and you don’t care. The controls cheap and plasticky — but then, you get the idea.

Push the button and the two-position top lowers at any driving speed. over and you can also slide out the rails, creating more of a open-air motoring experience. around town in a silent whoosh becomes fun (until you hit a and the whole car clangs like a and you exclaim to yourself, You know, ain’t so bad! Unlike automakers’ electric cars, you can get one in any color Smart offers, as as it’s, well, any color it

Here’s the other kicker — priced to sell. Smart very much like you to one instead of buy one, and it’s some nicely incentivized as well as a service called Assurance Plus. The optional program essentially rents you the battery along with a of performance and defect coverage. up for the 36-month lease at $139 a including an $80/month BAP subscription, and never have to worry the battery losing its overall capacity over time. The is a little bit more and starts at a month. These are reduced from the previous version of the ED as well, and are meant to make it the affordable EV. Both leases $1,999 down.

But purchasing one might be even of a stunning bargain, depending on you live. The ED is currently only in eight zero emissions states, but will be rolling out early next year. The price for a basic coupe is including destination. But that’s tacking on the rebates and tax credits. The government will offer you a income tax credit (not a rebate, but we’ll include it for net pricing purposes), California kick in $2,500, the San Joaquin has a program that cuts up to $3,000 on top of that, and if by some you work for Sony Pictures in California, you could get another on top of that. Smart is also $2,000 dealer cash for Add it up to potentially take $20,000 off the of the $25,750 electric car.

A brand-new electric car for less an inexpensive motorcycle? That the picture considerably for lucky vehicle intenders who live and in the right place.


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