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Quick Spin: 2011 Fortwo Electric Drive

As if to deal with all of those little cars from snagging every possible space when you’re not wasn’t already annoying, they’re going to be able to up and steal them right out under you.


in line with Smart’s efficient packaging ethos, the new fits perfectly into the vacated by the old internal combustion and its accoutrements. The battery pack in under the seats where the gas is usually found, while the motor and its associated electronics the engine bay. Due to the low production expected, Smart uses the transmission housing as the standard but it now holds just one gear of five. Theoretically, it could be smaller.

Smart always had an version in mind for the Fortwo and future-proofed the layout of the platform for an eventuality. The end result is that no encroachment on passenger or cargo which are still easily to accommodate a pair of plus-six-footers and overnight bags.

In fact, from the driver’s the only tip off that anything has are two pods on top of the dashboard that the gauges for battery charge and how much power is being by the motor. Typically it runs up to a 20 kilowatts, the equivalent of about 27 but when you floor the accelerator it a boost to 30 kw, or 41 hp.

The maximum torque is a slightly more robust 88 pound-feet, which is not bad in a car that just 2100 pounds – 308 more than the standard The go-pedal is a little slow to from a standstill, but once rolling along the car delivers quick acceleration up to about 30 at which point things teetering off as it heads towards its 65 mph top speed.

On the way there, the experience is refined. The motor is quiet, just a hint of a pleasant making its way into the cabin. to a regular Fortwo, the ride is smoother, and not nearly as bouncy rough pavement, thanks in to the extra weight of the battery pinning it down.

Better still, the single transmission — standard for electric cars — the worst feature of the regular — its automated-manual gearbox. a manual that has a clumsy taking care of the clutching and duties, its operation defines the ‘herky-jerky’ and is infamous among and owners, requiring the latter to up lame excuses as to why it doesn’t them. “You get used to they say. Having a couple of hundred miles in I’d love to know at exactly point that happens.

power delivery in the electric should cause you no consternation for the 82 that you can drive it between Not very far? Did you know a majority of Americans drive 40 or less per day? Check odometer, because you could be one of

The small travel radius put the Fortwo at too much of a disadvantage to the other electric cars to showrooms in the coming months, as most of them boast a of only about 100 — 120 According to the folks at Smart is the operative word, because expect that few of the vehicles such distances in real driving, while their own is precise, rather than a for an advertising campaign. Time tell.

To this end, the specification pegs the capacity of the liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery pack at kilowatt hours, but it’s larger. Instead, that represents how much of the total is useable without over-stressing the causing untimely degradation. All cars work this but most auto makers the full size of the pack. In any Smart says that with the effects of aging, the means that you’ll see no of range over the life of the

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Plugged in to a 220-volt outlet, you can the battery from 20 to 80 percent of capacity in three and a half It takes eight for a full Only have access to 110 See you tomorrow. Like the range, all of is pretty much par for the electric

The good news is that at the average of 10 cents per kilowatt for the electric Fortwo can be driven 50 for a buck. A Toyota Prius burn one gallon of gas over the distance and cost you closer to That’s money in the bank, at until your bill the leasing company.

Initially, the Fortwo will only be through a four-year lease at per month, which equates to a price of roughly $45,000. includes all of the tax breaks available for cars. For comparison, the gasoline-powered starts at $11,990. Like one, you’ll be able to get it as a or a convertible.

Along with quickly becoming a requisite phone app that allows you to the car’s vitals, and even on the climate control from the of your home, the high does come with Only 250 Fortwo Electric are coming our way over the next before full production up in January, 2013. Most of will go to commercial fleets, and all be clustered in the select markets of San Jose, Orlando, Indianapolis, and the corridor between Washington, and Boston. This will Smart to service the vehicles collect feedback from and work more closely utility companies that are the kind of charging infrastructure to support the use of electric vehicles.

Unfortunately for Smart, its cars the only ones that be able to take advantage of it.

the same time that the Electric Drive hits Nissan will be launching its five-passenger Leaf with an tax credit sticker price of and one of those 100-mile range which would seem to put in a tough position if it can’t the price down when production begins. Nevertheless, the says that its teeny, recyclable car appeals to a different of customer, one looking to make the environmental statement about conservation and urban congestion, not to saving the world from big Even at a premium, it probably be hard to find 250 of them who are to pay for the privilege.

Besides, with so few parking out there that are near outlets, just you wait and see who has the laugh.

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