Electric Smart ForTwo car might be the smartest one yet

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The relatively electric Smart ForTwo ED drive) may be the best Smart car While not a high compliment, it point to the promise of this two-door model as a green for commuters. We recently drove a example to check out its smarts.

The was originally conceived, back in the as an electric vehicle. But since thought electrics weren’t for prime time, it had only the Smart with regular gas and engines, as well as limited powertrains for fleets. Now it’s to be offered to ordinary U.S. for sale or lease. It will be available to fleet and business when it goes on sale in the (We drove a prototype back in

The heart of the third-generation electric improvement over the gasoline-version and the fleet-only electric is the more 74-peak-hp electric motor and a larger 17.6-kWh lithium-ion Besting the previous 16 kWh pack, the powerful battery is housed under the floor where the has always had a space for it. The motor’s 74 hp is only available for brief though, when you floor the Top speed is limited to 78 mph; experience would show you want to go faster in the tall, car. Normally, the power out at 47 hp, which we found was adequate for around Brooklyn at a Mercedes-sponsored event this week. owns Smart.)

Mercedes officials claim the car has a range, although they its EPA rating is likely to be less that. Based on that, we a real-world range just of 70 miles— a few miles longer the Mitsubishi iMiev and somewhat of the Nissan Leaf ‘s

When we last tested a Smart in 2008, the main points of small cars all absent in the Smart: a low price, fuel economy, and being fun to Instead, we found the Smart had a ride, clumsy handling, and an manual transmission with jerky and jarring shifts. economy, at 39 mpg, was good, but than a larger hybrid and it premium gasoline, undermining pump savings.


At the media we drove the car in its element, the densest in America. On the bumpy, grid-configured we didn’t really have a to test the handling. The familiar jittery ride, was still But the best news was the smooth Not only were there no jerky shifts, there’s no transmission at all in this electric The power is seamless, and, at in short bursts, plentiful.

The rest of the car is pure Smart: access, two roomy seats, and of equipment. The version we drove, the built-in navigation system, had radio controls, with a knob for volume control was so tiny it was hard to grasp. is offering the car with a full of designer interiors and custom and graphics, including corporate-logo

Mercedes will also the Smart Electric Drive a choice of three chargers: a $1,300 home unit, a unit with an Internet for remote monitoring, and a full setup.

Prices will at $21,750 before the $7,500 tax credit, likely making the the cheapest electric on the market it goes on sale. The company fully 30 percent of the 1,000 or so sold a month to be electric. good, because based on our ride, the Smart ForTwo much better as an electric as a gas car.

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