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First Drive: 2013 ED

I’m going to assume at this you’ve seen the syrupy and sickeningly cute gasoline-powered Fortwo bouncing around town. If not, let me get you up to speed: a super-compact car aimed at people to mostly cart themselves the city, making it fuel-efficient, and surprisingly enjoyable to drive.

If you the little gas burner was adorable, meet the quiet, emissionless smart Electric Drive With a $25,000 base it’s both the cheapest EV on the and the only one to offer a convertible option.

Despite its electric the smart ED feels, for the most like a “normal” car.

The ED (stop snickering) retains the darling proportions, but replaces the engine with an electric powered by a 17.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. says the ED’s battery is of netting 122 MPGe (miles per equivalent), with a total of 76 miles in the city and 59 miles on the

That might not sound much, especially when into account the ED’s frame, but according to smart, 100 million people drive to work every day, a whopping 80 percent of those totaling less than 40 round-trip.

If that’s the case, the smart ED has the potential to meet a lot of needs. But the question is: Does it? I it for a spin in San Francisco – exactly the of city it was designed for – to find

Stick and move

Lined up in row outside San Francisco’s Zeta my eyes darted from to smart, quickly settling on the red model I saw. The smart ED is as a coupe or cabriolet in practically any combination your creative can think of. But it seemed fate was me toward the devilish luster of the Red Cabrio that day. The that it was a clear and sunny hardly a cloud in the sky meant the was the perfect choice.

The smart ED rock a complicated electric but inside it’s a different Getting the car to move is as simple as the shifter in “D” and stepping on the accelerator. I was left scratching my head for a looking for the ill-placed ignition, is located just behind the Smart, can we just get a button, It’s 2013.

Even I’d driven a smart ED before. it surprises me how roomy the car is. I’m not particularly but I have broad shoulders, and I felt the cabin was going to in on me.

Once primed and strapped in, it was to drop the top and let the sun’s rays down into the cabin. A button located near the lowers and raises the cabrio’s top, leaving the pillars and rails in place. Both the and roof rails are completely and can be tossed in the trunk, but I figured bother?” and just left up.

Having never driven in San Francisco, the amount of traffic on a afternoon was initially a little With larger cars around me like bees on it took a moment for me to realize I wasn’t in an average-sized car.

In a (read: larger) car, in traffic is a horrid affair, in the crowded cities that were bred for. are narrow. Lane markings are Drivers become impatient and which leads to aggressive

I hear the term “go-kart” a lot to the smart ED’s handling but despite becoming cliché, the best way to label it.

The smart strengths play to the metropolis’ Thanks to its zippy acceleration and size, I had no trouble bobbing and in and out of traffic like a motorized Ali.

Of course, with 47 and 96 pound-feet of torque (that’s than the gasoline-powered Fortwo you), the smart ED isn’t Seabiscuit out of the gate. But with its low weight of 2,000 pounds, it beat my grandma in a foot and easily scoots into where Impalas and Accords not tread.

While San Francisco’s streets made a natural fit for the ED, I was that the little motor tackle the city’s famously hills. But even at a complete with the car’s nose towards the heavens, I was able to the EV some juice and launch with ease. The smart ED sports a handy hill-assist that kept me from backwards into the Painted .

Sadly, it wasn’t long I was whizzing by the Golden Gate that I noticed my foot to cramp up. My major gripe the ED was how firm the accelerator felt the I placed my foot down. I the majority of people won’t this to be as annoying, considering the intended range and purpose, but I

Despite its electric powertrain, the ED feels, for the most part, a “normal” car. Letting off the brings it to a slow crawl, on the regenerative braking system. also offers a version of the ED with steering-wheel paddle that allows you to increase and the level of regenerative braking, but the car I didn’t have that

I’m not sure how much of an improvement shifters would make, but like the accelerator pedal, down on the brake felt  albeit a smidge more

The saving grace here is the ED’s regenerative braking which recaptures lost and zaps it back into the is tuned rather aggressively. By my foot off the accelerator, and timing it right, I was able to bring to a complete stop a number of nearly sans brake action and save myself a to drug store for a tube of

Frankly, the ED’s throttle and calibration is just too stiff, so I’m smart can cure this for next year’s model so these issues don’t to tarnish an otherwise enjoyable

Getting a handle

I hear the “go-kart” a lot to describe the smart handling dynamics, but despite cliché, that’s the best way to it.

That description became more apt as I approached San Francisco’s Lombard Street. Here, I to resist the urge to do my best of Steve McQueen in Bullitt . and tackled the road with a degree of value for human all the while impressed by how well the car and zags through tight

Even though I’d been in a ED before, it always surprises me how the car is.

Thanks to the car’s already stance and low-slung battery I was able whip around with a degree of reckless Even cabin sway was at bay whenever I got frisky with the wheel. The assisted rack and electric steering, however, too meaty at higher speeds but up considerably at lower speeds, improving maneuverability.

But while it well enough but the tiny of the smart ED meant that I every bump and blemish in the I might be exaggerating a bit, but if you in a city with roads in of some serious work, to take more notice and even start writing letter to your local

The price is right

I wasn’t concerned with range during my press drive, but makes it easy to monitor energy use with two sporty-looking gauges perched atop the One indicates total battery while the other indicates how you’re taxing (or replenishing) the Mashing on the pedal pushed the on this gauge into the indicating I was using 100 percent of the power, while braking or downhill moved the needle the “charge” zone, letting me electrons were trickling in.

Regrettably, the duration of my test prevented me from juicing up the ED but smart says a full takes about 6 hours using a 240-volt charging Smart was adamant to point out that figure is for a completely battery, which in real-world situations will probably happen. Sadly, the 2013 ED doesn’t support fast in the U.S. using the new Combo DC

Performance and range issue at $25,000 for the Coupe version, and for the Cabriolet (before federal and incentives) the 2013 smart Drive is the cheapest EV on the market. And for lovers, it’s also the convertible EV available.

Smart’s announced Battery Assurance program also allows you to the ED’s battery, guaranteeing its for 10 years. It costs $80 a month to but smart will cut the price of the car by if you opt in. Do the math and that knocks the and Cabriolet down to $20,000 and before government incentives, will shave off at least $7,500, and more depending on state you live in .

Nice but

The 2013 smart ED will you in a number of ways. It’s fun to drive, it’s surprisingly and it’s cheap as dirt.

As most EVs, it will get you A to B with ease, assuming A and B too far from each other. And one of the few cars that actually to soothe my stress levels congested city driving. But the limited range won’ t be you off to the mountains for that long-overdue getaway, nor will it ferry to and fro more than a few bags of especially if you’ve got a co-pilot.

Ultimately, the price of the smart ED makes it a compelling choice, but are more practical and refined you should explore, like the Fit EV. Chevy Spark EV and Fiat .

Those cars offer increased range as well as room for passengers and cargo. But if is your sole concern, the ED is the most frugal option a sprinkle of fun thrown in for good


Interior is surprisingly for driver and passengers

Compact makes zipping around the and into tight spaces a

Cabriolet version is a blast to in warm climates


and size reduce the Smart practicality outside of the city

wheelbase translates to bumpy

Very limited cargo

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