First drive Smart fortwo electric (ED) | Driving

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car Smart Fortwo ED

Mass production slated for


Monte Carlo • the original Smart for-two in Canada, many wondered how so small could be of any practical More importantly, how could a car measured just 2.5 metres bumper unto shining survive the rigours of a major such as the 401? Well, it did, and in the process built a following — more than one customers around the world.

enduring the 40-horsepower diesel (it was rather clattery and less refined), the second-generation fortwo with a smoother 70-hp engine. Today, the little car could moves on to the next of its evolution — the second-generation all-electric fortwo ED (electric drive).

The to hold the first drive in was rather apt — the zero (0) on a roulette just happens to be green. At point, 1,000 Smart EDs are readied to roll, 45 of which in Canada late next

Full mass production of the ED in 2012.

Outwardly, there is difference between the regular coupe and cabriolet and the ED counterparts aside). The reality is very Gone is the gas engine and its fuel In its place is an electric motor and a to 370-volt lithium ion battery is coy about the exact voltage) replaces the tank. It sits the car protected by a substantial steel

The electric motor delivers its in two stages. Under normal it puts out 27 hp; however, if the driver the accelerator, it goes into mode and delivers 41 hp, and it can sustain output for up to two minutes. More however, is the 88 pound-feet of torque the twists out when it’s down.

As the numbers appear on paper do not leap off the page. However, the ED reveals a different story — as the turns up from Rev One the fortwo ED surprisingly spry.

No, it’s not to out-drag many cars the long haul, but it does a few drivers off the line, and so it works well in an urban setting — it from rest to 60 kilometres an in 6.5 seconds. It is almost silent a whir emanates from the motor). This could be because pedestrians do not hear the car — more than one stepped off the in front of me during the test

Standing next to the Smart, it as though you should pick it up, it under your arm and take it to keep it warm on a frosty No need. Simply plug it in and the fortwo ED looks after It does take an overnight (using a 220-volt outlet) to recharge the battery, but once off the ED delivers a 135-kilometre driving

In colder climes such as the charger is also used to the battery warm when While the battery is affected by weather, keeping the battery when it’s plugged in its range down to -20C.

car Smart Fortwo ED

the road, the hope is to establish an of quick-charge stations. This increase the appeal of all electric

Ironically, there is a major — there is not an industry standard for the plug (it’s the cellphone all over again). M-B is working, at in Europe, to establish said

When it comes to the ride, the ED again surprises. No, it does not eat corners for lunch, but it more managed to hold its own in Monte amid the Ferraris and Bentley The suspension keeps the amount of roll well within limits and the electrically assisted delivers decent feedback — better than many electric systems. Indeed, the road manners are fairly as pleasantly tight. Of course, the spin-on-a-dime turning circle it a snap to park.

The good is the electric version retains the electronic stability/traction control anti-lock brakes and its hill-start (the brakes hold the car on a for about half a second, is enough to get from brake to The brakes do differ in operating

The first level of braking is by the electric motor. The energy (regenerative braking) is used to the battery when on the road, helps to maintain the driving If the driver needs more power than the motor can the regular hydraulic system in.

The only difference I noted on the was the lack of creep — lift off the and the ED does not pull forward the accelerator pedal is nudged. was done deliberately — it shaves the consumption in much the same way as a gas idle stop feature.

So, you have it. An electric car without — the ED is about 140 kilograms heavier its gas counterpart, but that’s it. As such, it is a player. No, it’s not a highway (top speed is 100 km/h), but in an setting, it has the right blend of handling and the sort of driving most commuters demand. It satisfies the need to find a form of transportation.

car Smart Fortwo ED
car Smart Fortwo ED

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