Electra “cute” The 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive The Daily…

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Electra “cute”. The 2014 ForTwo Electric Drive

A fleet of ForTwo Electric lined up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Smart starts at $25,750

In an world where many look too much alike, the ForTwo stands out. a baby shoe surrounded by wingtips, and cowboy boots, the diminutive size almost elicits a smile. But just that baby shoe, it doesn’t fit the needs of most buyers.

Furthermore, the Smart which arrived on these in 2009, was not without its dynamic Principle among these a jerky automated-manual transmission, engine, and buckboard ride. As it was often passed over by those whose needs it

While electric cars their own limitations, electrifying the actually broadens its appeal. The electric motor drives the wheels through a single-speed so the jerkiness suffered by its gas-powered is completely gone; the Electric accelerates from a … to its claimed 78-mph top speed linear smoothness, and since is no transmission “kickdown” required for sprints, those, too, are much more smoothly.

Rick spotted this Xebra EV while evaluating the Prone to battery failure and rust, the Xebra lasted three years in the U.S.–Production in 2009.

Also more Smart claims the 0-60-mph can be covered in 11.5 seconds vs. for the gas model, and acceleration from is likewise stronger. Granted, seconds is hardly impressive in light, but the ForTwo Electric gets a good full-throttle from a stop and provides passing punch. In short, it feels “slow” or underpowered.

there’s the ride. The gas model’s wheelbase and stiff springs necessary to keep the tall, vehicle from tipping in make for a jolting, hoppy over even minor imperfections. And you really don’t to hit an honest-to-goodness pothole. While the Drive still suffers a bit of hop and pitching over bumps, worlds smoother than the gas and overall, quite livable. of the improvement is probably due to the rather weight of the battery being the floor, where it not only needed mass, but also the car’s center of gravity. aids handling—which is really sporty feeling—and reduces the for stiff springs to prevent

One other advantage of the electric is lower overall noise Because the gas engine doesn’t a lot of power, it is often taxed keeping up with traffic, and is vocal in its unhappiness. Furthermore, most engines, it is often even when cruising. By the electric motor produces more than a muted even under full

In virtually all other respects, the Drive is exactly like the gas better or worse. It has the same capacity, limited but usefully space behind the seats for and a moderate amount of interior (though most is in open and thus not out of sight). It’s offered in coupe and convertible making it the only electric car with a convertible top.

the Smart is tiny, to be sure, it doesn’t overwhelm you with impression once you’re the wheel. In fact, the Electric version is quite fun to drive, and stable even at highway (That impression changed in gas in a stiff crosswind, though the should feel better due to the lower center of gravity). Smart quotes a top speed of than 78 mph.” After the throttle on a deserted country our test car was still accelerating as the swept past 80 (Shhh … tell the feds), so that seems, if anything, conservative.

Two major considerations of electric are their range and recharge Compared to other current electric cars, the ForTwo Drive is about average in the and not quite up to par in the second. The EPA-estimated is 76 miles in city driving. Our loop covered 31 miles, and consumed about 40% of the battery according to the dash-top gauge. the throttle pedal was in intimate with the floorboard on numerous I was not exactly dawdling on some roads, and the air conditioning was on the whole —all of which eat up a lot of power—the estimate seems reasonable. of EPA estimates, the ForTwo Electric has a 107 MPGe (miles per gallon combined city/highway rating, isn’t tops among but it’s certainly respectable.

Though very different-feeling the Electric Drive’s cabin is changed when compared the gas-powered ForTwo.

Smart the car’s 17.6 kilowatt-hour can be recharged from “empty” in 14 hours with a 120-volt 1 charger, or about 6 hours on a Level 2 charger. The first is actually quite good, because the car’s battery is than most. But the second is longer than on rivals have a larger battery, but a powerful on-board charger. there’s no Level 3 charging which in cars that it, can recharge the battery to 80% of capacity in half an hour or less. And electric cars offer 3 capability, at least as an option.

worth noting that the edition of the Smart ForTwo Drive is actually the second of the car to be sold in the U.S. The first for 2011 with a shorter range and less-powerful motor, and the 250 were brought here only available in a few states, and on a rather expensive three-year By contrast, the 2013 version—which is on sale in some states– is to be available in all states by the end of the year, and it is the least-expensive electric car sold by a manufacturer in this country.

Although the base price of the Smart ForTwo Electric is set at $25,750 including destination, another way to get one. In what’s a unique buy/lease arrangement Nissan may soon be offering similar for its electric Leaf), the car can be for $20,650 (including destination), the battery being leased for $80 a A little quick math that the costs would be after about five after which someone on the program would continue to out $80 per month for the battery. However, the program (called Battery Plus) is somewhat of an insurance on the battery. While the warranty on the car is 4 miles—and if you ”purchase” the battery, its expires at that time—the on the leased battery goes to 10 If at any time it drops below 80% of new you get a new battery. Smart says about 170 ForTwo Electric have been sold and that 80% of buyers chose the lease plan. Note prices quoted above do not the $7500 federal tax credit, and some states offer incentives. Illinois, for instance, a country-leading $4000 tax credit, means Illinoisans who qualify for all the can get a Smart ForTwo Electric on the buy/lease program for $9150 $80 per month for the battery.

Any ForTwo offers unparalleled and parking ease, making it the of the inner-city set. But the new Electric version adds low-cost and driving fun to the equation, which may make it the smarter Smart.


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