Is the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Really a Top Green Car?…

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Is the 2013 Smart Fortwo Drive Really a Top Green

Is the 2013 Smart Fortwo Drive Really a Top Green

In the Miami area? You can test a smart electric drive on June 8 (noon-8 p.m.) and June 9 (10 a.m-6 p.m.) at 210 NW 22 nd (corner of NW Second Avenue and 22 nd Smart will have ambassadors” waiting curbside “locally-sourced treats” for test Drivers can also enter to win an for a smart electric drive

Why is the launch of the 122 city mpg 2013 fortwo electric drive a big Because this is the third of this zero emissions, mini car. This the kinks have been out in the first two generations (hopefully!) and the smart fortwo electric could possibly be the most green car buy today. Really? really.

First off, start with price. The generation 2013 smart drive starts at a base of $25,000, which smart makes it “the most production EV in the USA.” The open-top model costs $28,000. Now the really good part. an up to $7,500 federal tax credits, the smart electric drive cost you just $17,500 (or less with further and local tax credits!).

Greenest Car in the

What you may not know is smart — is owned by Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler – is manufactured from the up to be the most green vehicle on the today. Smart claims its electric drive has the “smallest of any U.S. cars on the road.” because smart started the basic premise of being a company first rather looking at the company as primarily a manufacturer.

Smart introduced its first in 1998 as a compact two-seat vehicle. Now built in Hambach, (also known as “smartville”), is possibly the world’s most car brand with green built into almost all of its powertrains, parts and paints.

In to gas-powered smart fortwo Smart has a super clean model. The first generation electric drive was introduced in to America. Smart even its clean diesel-powered model, is only available in Western is the “world champion in terms of low CO2

I’m not so sure about that. Why on petro dollars when you can get free energy with a electric drive? If this car is going to sacrifice a seat, I’d certainly want to never see a gas again. Ever.

Smartest Car in the

Let’s get real. Smart has two seats. It has a tiny cargo It’s just small. are times, however, when can be very, very good. my list of pros and cons smart and smart electric


Fits in impossible parking (even crosswise!)

Gas free, emissions and excellent fuel at 122 mpg city!

EPA-estimated 76 miles per although real life is around 90 miles per charge

eco-friendly parts and paints

large enough for two rather and wide adults

Super for small size

Funky styling inside and out

Easy to up especially as new fast-charge stations are up


High price for two seats, little cargo and minimalist design

Regenerative can feel quite tight to EV

Not good for fast highway

Tiny wheelbase plus roof equals not much in turns

Charging station in USA not yet mature although rapidly

Smart Road Test

In this Mommy auto took her very first car on a weeklong road test. I had tested most all of the road-worthy and electric vehicle models by time, so I was well acquainted EV performance, charging and range I had also road tested gas-powered smart vehicles as

For the exterior, I noted the smart “definitely gets attention.” I loved the overall design. tiny wheelbase, high and stubby front end (because the is mounted in the back), give the fortwo an utterly distinctive that no other brand can

I am a stickler for interiors. It’s my What did I think about smart for a week with my in tow? “Although the Smart only holds two passengers, the side doors allow for easy access for both and passenger. The funky-looking booty on the just adds to the vehicle’s sophisticated design.”

Plus, my brand new car purchase was a two-seater Honda CRX. So, you could say I cheap roadsters. What the smart’s cockpit? Here’s I said then: “Although a ‘supermini’ vehicle, the driver’s has generous room for even and wide drivers.”

I also how my road test smart “was chock full of minimalism inside, including materials, handsome textures, chrome accents and a very roll-away soft top.” And the 2013 smart electric is available in a cabriolet edition!

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And about cargo space? How do you sacrifice with smart? hatchback is super small (12 cu. but I was certainly able to fit lots of bags and even enough for a weekend getaway for two,” I

As for performance, smart may be the only car where the electric version better than the gas-powered Smart has always been for what I called its “jerky transmission” that  feels you are changing gears on a rather old I once wrote. Ouch!

Being a crazed auto of course, “I grew fond of its quirks and quite enjoyed the acceleration, handling, steering and around town. NOT on freeways. “On open highways, I was quite when this tiny car to be easily buffeted by winds and trucks. I did get the smart fortwo up to its top of 90 mph for a minute or two until I felt way too at high speeds.”

Getting Off the Dollar

Fortunately, the 2013 electric has stopped the cycle of this three-cylinder gas engine and dollar abuse at the same The 2013 smart electric is powered by a “magneto-electric motors installed between the rear in place of the conventional engine,” so smart.

As with any EV, the electric does not use gears (as in those  “motorcycle” motors in gas-powered cars), so drivers get “instant torque.” This new generation powertrain was built as a joint between Bosch and Daimler. a 55kW electric motor, the electric drive delivers of “continuous power that to 96 lb.-ft. of torque,” claims

What does that for drivers? Smart says the smart electric drive can go zero-60 mph in less than 12 and has a top speed of more than 78 Do you need any more power that for trips to the farmer’s school and about town and if you never need fill up at a gas again? Sounds smart to me!

Batteries Charging

What batteries and charging? Smart say its new generation lithium ion batteries “boast shorter charging better performance, longer and higher reliability than battery technologies.” Smart the LIBs inside its 2013 electric drive deliver hours of electric power an efficiency of 110 Watts per kilogram.

does all that mean to you the owner? It means your roadster achieves 122 city mpg if you to consider the gas equivalent. Or, you can look at it way. It’s gonna you about a dollar each to charge up your smart drive to run another 76-90 maximum.

So, how does charging The 2013 smart electric can be charged from any household wall socket with the standard cable.

Or, owners to get a professional electrician to install a socket to get a 20-80 percent in just 3.5 hours. For thousands of EV owners can also purchase chargers, which can cut down times to just 30 minutes for an 80 charge.

Like other smart provides a smartphone app for ways to set a charging timer and things like finding charging stations and tracking battery range.

Smart Safety

The Smart Fortwo is more safe than its size would indicate. safety engineers developed the Fortwo from a “steel known as the tridion safety and a “flexible body shell of dyed thermoplastic body What this means is the car’s body acts the hard shell of a nut to protect the occupants,” so says Mercedes-Benz.

In addition, the 2013 smart drive comes equipped standard full-size air bags, stability control (ESC), control, anti-lock brakes, start assist, a rain/light and halogen projection headlamps.

Can it be that Smart really is when it comes to safety? In fact, the 2013 smart drive meets the super safety standards not only of itself, but also of the super EuroNCAP requirements (the equivalent to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration.)

So, are you excited about smart drive? You should be. For those who can with just two seats, electric drive is a way to be super get around in style and never pay the petroleum machine every

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