2013 smart fortwo electric drive Review Car Reviews

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car Smart Fortwo ED

smart electric drive: Not Worthy of Capital Letters

FACTS

1. The 2013 smart drive is powered by a 76-horsepower motor that puts out 96 of torque.

2. The electric motor just 33 pounds and is powered by a kWh lithium-ion battery that was developed and engineered by Daimler.

3. economy for the smart electric in at 107 miles-per-gallon equivalent.

4. With a charged battery the car has an expected of 76 miles in city driving and 59 on the

5. Daimler’s Battery Assurance program protects the smart drive’s pack with of the best coverage in the automotive

The smart’s diminutive dimensions it perfect for congested urban as does its fuel consumption. deliver a combined efficiency of 36 miles per gallon. Beyond virtues drivers can modify the coachwork with special and custom decals; they can swap out its body panels. red doors with a yellow and one purple rear fender? No

Despite these advantages is a car everyone loves to hate. Its styling and unusual handling are chiefly to blame. But these pale in comparison to the two-door’s loathsome feature, its automated transmission.

If a train wreck and a dumpster had a baby this gearbox be the result. On the International Scale of and Depression (I-SAD) it falls between genocide and a mass it’s that terrible, sluggish, whiplash-inducing shifts and responsiveness. It ruins the already smart experience and is more than getting a thesaurus for 6th birthday.

But it’s not all bad. is one model that delivers a – and daresay fun – driving experience. this possible given the of criticism in the preceding paragraphs? all the company had to do was scrap the car’s drivetrain. Easy, right?

IMPROVEMENT


I’ll be frank a lowercase “f” because my name is Craig): The smart electric delivers an on-road experience orders of magnitude better the gasoline-powered version of the car. shocking revelation comes of an amped-up drivetrain.

Gone is the smart’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder as is its breathless and buzzing 70 horsepower. It without saying the shameful transmission has been given the as well.

An electric motor weighs just 33 pounds and a gearbox take their Peak horsepower is 74 while torque is 96 lb-ft.

Supplying a steady stream of is an advanced lithium-ion battery was designed, developed and engineered by Keeping the car’s center of as low as possible the pack is mounted the smart’s floor. As far as capacity is it clocks in at 17.6 kWh.

For a perspective the Nissan Leaf a lithium-ion battery with a of 24 kWh, while the Ford Electric’s pack clocks in at 23. cars offer a nice boost compared the smart but also larger and heavier, the extra capacity and cost.

it comes to range the smart drive has enough juice to an advertised 76 miles in city or up to 59 on the highway. As for “fuel economy,” it a combined score of 107 MPGe, stands for “miles-per-gallon equivalent” electricity can’t be measured gasoline. Wouldn’t it be great if you pick up a bucket of electrons and pour them into the

This electric combo is a punch that’s so superior to the powertrain it bludgeons the internal-combustion to … with its bare There’s literally no contest these two options, the electric by not just a mile, but a marathon.

Best of all with a zero to 60 run of 11.5 seconds the battery-powered is faster than the internal-combustion which takes 12.7 to achieve the same velocity. The top speed is 78 miles an hour.

BEHAVIOR

Even though it more than 11 seconds to that “mile-a-minute” sweet the smart electric feel quicker than that to abundant low-end torque. the accelerator and it leaps ahead impressive verve, literally back in the process. The oomph off at higher speeds but it still pretty well. Overall I’m to drop the “f” … to describe it…

The smart electric drive is to maneuver – it’s great town – with steering somewhat heavy and slightly feeling, traits that to accentuate its tiny dimensions. An driving position doesn’t though; the tiller is too low and the seats too making it feel like the wheel is around your

The ride is surprisingly stiff and bumpy, most likely of the car’s truncated wheelbase. not brutally harsh but you notice about every imperfection in the surface. Of course at slower around town this as big of an issue, which is where the car is designed to be used.

DIFFERENT DRIVETRAIN, SAME

Engineers vastly enhanced the driving experience thanks to the of its gasoline powertrain. But as improved as the is, there are a few liabilities that carry over to the electric model and they center on the

car Smart Fortwo ED

The car’s cockpit is still an place, like something Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock show. The dashboard is covered in a fabric that looks it could have been off a polyester leisure suit the 1970s.

Additionally the climate are very odd; they cheap and feel cheaper, they were sourced a plastic bubble dispensed a vending machine.

It’s the story with the turn-signal and stalks. They’re extremely you’d better not use the directional too vigorously or the lever may snap the stem of a wine glass.

STRATEGY: MORE CONFUSING U.S. TAX CODE

If you thought tax code was complex and intimidating until you see how Daimler is pricing the ED.

In a way the company is actually encouraging NOT to buy the little runabout. Sound Read on.

Instead of outright purchases kind of pushing folks to opt for leases. With $1,999 you’ll pay just $139 per for 15,000 annual miles. called “Battery Assurance BAP for short is $80 but that cost is in the $139 price. Confused? It worse.

With BAP onboard are essentially renting the car’s pack from Daimler. get free battery checkups and every year (or every miles) plus a 10-year guarantee.

Taking things a beyond what other do, smart covers the battery for than just manufacturing Their warranty also charge capacity. As years and accrue and the electric drive’s starts to suffer from capacity they’ll replace it for (a 46 Ah capacity is guaranteed for a full Additionally Battery Assurance is fully transferrable and valid for miles.

Of course drivers can purchase a smart electric but the car costs some $25,750 destination and delivery fees for the convertible). Easing the sting, figure excludes any state, or company discounts you might for.

You can also lease a ED without BAP, but that significantly more than Really, the battery protection-plan is a no especially when the pack costs more than 22

THE VERDICT

The standard smart car is one of the detestable vehicles ever with a diabolical transmission and flawed driving experience. But the internal-combustion powertrain out the window and it with a torque-rich motor and change drastically.

The Electric model transforms an infuriating into something that’s at worth considering, and that is a improvement. This smart for everyone, cattle ranchers and workers need not apply. But that live in densely urban areas and only short distances with cargo could be served well by the smart ED and its bullet-proof protection plan.

car Smart Fortwo ED
car Smart Fortwo ED
car Smart Fortwo ED

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