2014 Fortwo Electric Drive AskMen

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understandable why the people at Daimler overlords of the Smart Car empire San Francisco as the landscape to test out new zero-emission, plug-in Smart Electric Drive. Sure, the two-seater was given plenty of by the Grateful Dead -loving but that was just a nice What makes SF such a place to test the Fortwo ED is its dense, congested, wildly streets are the perfect testing to exhibit this particular vehicle’s best attributes.

Let’s be honest: the normal Fortwo was hardly acclaimed. Lilliputian people-mover is cursed one of the worst transmissions known to man a automated manual mess caused over-coddled automotive to whine of kidney pain. also incredibly small at 106 long, the shortest car available in allowing for only two passengers, and little trunk space. valid complaints.

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But the truth of the is the Electric Drive is the car that the was always meant to be. All its inherent clunky transmission, tiny lightness, etc. have been eliminated or transformed advantages in its EV iteration. Its featherweight and tiny dimensions complement the instant torque, meaning the ED can zip in and out of tight jams nimbly. perfect for inner city where the ability to squirt holes in traffic and squeeze parking spots not fit for a grocery is paramount.

Given the ED’s single-speed the greatest complaint of the traditional is eliminated. There are no clunky only the linear unspooling of While it tops out at a mere 78 the ED will surge from a stop to 37 mph in just 4.8 seconds a pertinent metric than top when dealing with the and gridlock of true urban While navigating the colorfully Victorian homes of Haight-Ashbury look especially dazzling the standard panoramic sunroof), the was remarkably opportunistic in its ability to between a car and the curb when off a side street; you might an entire stoplight series by

keeping it crafty. And when you pop off the its instant 96 pound-feet of torque make sure you’ll get of your fellow sprinters if be.

The car still feels very which can be a tad unsettling at higher or on freeways. But its svelte poundage a ton at 2,094 pounds (2,138 for the translates to better efficiency and in EV form. The floor-situated 17.6 kWh ion battery pack lowers the center of gravity, and makes it more stable than the version, but it doesn’t feel as as the Fiat 500e or even the sized Scion iQ and none ever felt as solid as the Cooper. But its relative levity not feel as much of a detriment as it in its gasoholic form.

If the Fortwo feels optimized in its Drive form, there’s good reason why: engineers claim the car was born to be since inception, designed the ground up ready to be electrified. that the first generation of 100 Fortwos were fleet-tested in back in 2007. Unlike competitors, who reverse-engineered their to be EVs (Toyota RAV4, Fiat Ford Focus Electric, the Fortwo was built with eventuality always in mind. Not does this ostensibly for better engineering, it also a lower investment and therefore than its competitors to become

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