BBC Autos Smart Fortwo ED takes charge

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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.

Smart claims the Fortwo is good for 90 miles on a full well within the daily of most current Smart and most US commuters for that Plugged into a 240v the car’s lithium-ion battery will charge from to 100% in about 6 hours, a more real-world scenario a 20% to 80% of charge will take 3.5 hours. The car includes charging for a 110v household outlet; that way will take a deal longer.

Pricing for the Electric Drive starts in the US at for the coupe and $28,750 for the convertible, of $750 destination charge. is a healthy bump from the Fortwo, which can be had for $13,240, but is quick to note that the Drive’s sticker does not tax incentives for purchasing a zero-emissions which include a $7,500 credit and, in California, a rebate. Daimler expects the Smart Electric Drive to account for 30% of its sales in the United an ambition that, considering the undeniable charm and its dynamic over its gasoline-powered siblings downright modest.

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: package (surround-sound audio GPS navigation), $1600; Kinetic appearance package, $850; control package, $225

Smart hosted BBC Autos’ of the ForTwo Electric Drive at a store in an upscale mall in Monica, California. The temporary which featured a chic motif, tempted locals free lattes and quick drives, for 10 days in April. It was the outpost on a tour of 11 green-minded US Stops include Portland, (2-3 May); San Francisco May); San Diego (18-19 Dallas, Texas (25-26 Atlanta, Georgia (1-2 Miami, Florida(8-9 June); DC (15-16 June); Hoboken, New (22-23 June); Brooklyn, New (29-30 June); and Chicago, (6-7 July).

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