BBC Autos Smart Fortwo ED takes charge

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Smart Fortwo ED takes


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The gasoline-powered and convertible Fortwo models, use of a 1-litre, three-cylinder engine at a modest 70 horsepower, managed remarkably unremarkable EPA numbers: in the city and 38mpg on the highway. mid-size sedans are averaging fuel economy than a city car, an intervention in order. This year, the battery-powered Fortwo Electric changes things for the better.

The car an electric motor that is for 47hp and and 96 pound-feet of torque, as much as 74hp on tap in pedal-to-the-metal mode. With a single-speed driving its rear wheels, the car to 60mph in a manufacturer-estimated 11.5 hardly neck-snapping, but a not-insignificant 1.3 quicker than the gasoline car and its way to a 78mph top speed. These will not put the Electric Drive on the radar, but they are wholly for an urban runabout.

During a jaunt around beachy Santa Monica, the electric Fortwo proved a cheeky companion. The Electric (Smart calls it the “ED”, but owners will likely that dysfunctional descriptor) spry off the line and confident in traffic. A subtle low-speed generator keeps pedestrians on toes, but otherwise, the car is whisper-quiet. The is unexpectedly supple as well, thanks to the Electric Drive’s 300 pounds, which brings the weight to a still-modest 2,100lbs.

The airy cabin has not changed for EV duty. The instrument binnacle a host of EV-specific alerts, and a of battery-focused gauges a state-of-charge and a power-usage display sprout the dash top, supplanting the car’s optional tachometer and And for drivers who wear their consciousness on their sleeves, the Green appearance package, a option on this test adds a green and white with white wheels.

claims the Fortwo electric is for 90 miles on a full charge, within the daily usage of current Smart owners, and US commuters for that matter. into a 240v outlet, the lithium-ion battery pack charge from zero to in about 6 hours, although a real-world scenario a 20% to 80% state of will take about 3.5 The car includes charging cables for a household outlet; charging way will take a good longer.

Pricing for the ForTwo Electric starts in the US at $25,750 for the coupe and for the convertible, inclusive of $750 charge. That is a healthy from the gasoline-powered Fortwo, can be had for $13,240, but Smart is quick to that the Electric Drive’s does not reflect tax incentives for a zero-emissions vehicle, which a $7,500 federal credit in California, a $2,500 rebate. expects the French-built Smart Drive to quickly account for 30% of its in the United States, an ambition considering the car’s undeniable and its dynamic superiority over its siblings seems downright

Vital stats: 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive

car Smart Fortwo ED

Base price: $28,750, of $750 destination charge

As $31,425 (price does not federal and state incentives for EV

Drivetrain: 47-74hp electric one-speed automatic transmission; drive

Major options: Technology (surround-sound audio system, GPS $1600; Kinetic Green package, $850; cruise package, $225


hosted BBC Autos’ test of the Electric Drive at a “pop-up” in an upscale mall in Santa California. The temporary store, featured a chic living-room tempted locals with lattes and quick test for 10 days in April. It was the first on a tour of 11 green-minded US cities. include Portland, Oregon May); San Francisco (11-12 San Diego (18-19 May); Texas (25-26 May); Georgia (1-2 June); Florida(8-9 June); Washington DC June); Hoboken, New Jersey June); Brooklyn, New York June); and Chicago, Illinois July).

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