Smart Electric Drive Fails to Hold a Charge | Vehicle Test Drives…

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Smart Electric Drive to Hold a Charge

Daimler minicar, already an also-ran, little inspiration in an EV market is growing despite a dearth of vehicles.

ANN ARBOR, MI Daimler enters the mass-market electric-vehicle with something of an oddity in the Electric Drive, a plug-in version of its Fortwo runabout.

An Fortwo debuted in the U.S. year but was not sold to customers. at a media drive here say the to the possibility that one might to market pushed forward of the EV.

Daimler desperately needs the Electric Drive to be a hit. The has underperformed since its 2008 in the U.S. and rumors have the plug would be pulled. every quality survey Smart poorly.

However, of gasoline-powered Smart Fortwos are upward, having tanked at units in 2011.

Along comes the Smart Drive, which will be to reverse the brand’s sagging Some say the biggest hurdle to EV is either purchase price, can be high even with incentives, or hesitation toward vehicles.

Electric cars may be slow sellers because lack style.

For all the talk of buying habits and how the next of drivers will “make a with what they while carrying the future of the in their hands (goodness, a lot of responsibility), there seems to be effort toward putting personality into EVs.

understandable that development of vehicles takes a lot of time and but the recently launched EVs really are more than electric of existing vehicles. There’s no just plenty of homogenization.

examples are the Ford Focus Fiat 500e and electrified RAV4.

Which brings us to the Smart Drive. Everything about launch seems rushed, because the brand is on life in the U.S.

To be fair, insiders say worked on the electric powertrain for than six years. But the technology a better vehicle than the Fortwo. Yes, the EV is available as a but even that comes caveats.

Here in Ann Arbor, see the Smart Fortwo around as restaurant delivery cars.

into the EV market is hard but how many people aspire to own an version of a car used to transport

The Smart Electric Drive styling points for its firm material similar to what’s in a van, which engineers taken care to make comfortable for long-haul trucking. And a fabric is stitched around panels (an option offered at no that sandwich the center glove compartment and instrument

Other interior features, as levers on the steering wheel for the signals and windshield wipers, clumsy, disproportionate and cheap. The on the gearshift is flimsy, as if it could at any minute.

Even the touchscreen for switching between navigation, and other applications is a chore. are confusing, and clear identification of is hard to find on some

The Smart car has never been a driver, and the EV is no different.

The battery is underneath the floorpan, and drivers can every bit of it, even along roads. In a slight swerve to a bump, for example, the extra pulls the car offline more to our liking.

The weight in this car is most noticeable when Steering is stiff and requires effort on the part of the driver.

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The Smart Electric Drive scoot around corners but lumbers with the grace of an Rottweiler. Snapping back in takes way too long.

A surprise is how the car accelerates. Despite the battery it’s easy to push the Drive to optimal speed and up with brisk traffic. said, a Smart EV won’t win any

A key component of EV ownership is the ease of range and battery power, else that proves with the Electric Drive.

A atop the dash shows the although full, being at 80%. On a full charge, the Drive has an estimated range of 68 (109 km), which short of the Honda Fit EV’s 82 (131 km), Fiat 85 miles (136 km) and Nissan 73 miles (117 km).

The Drive manages to hold 80% charge for most of our short But when air-conditioning becomes for six miles (10 km), the needle to the 60%-range, which is troubling.

As for the convertible option: A control in the lets the top down with at any speed. But for a true top-down the driver must stop the and manually remove roof connecting the A- and B-pillars and find a to store them in this car. Worth the hassle? on the circumstance.


Smart’s saving is its leasing option, which no will attract some consumers. With a $1,999 payment, a qualified buyer can the EV for $139 monthly for three so long as driving is limited to miles (24,000 km) a year.

For an purchase, its base price of ($30,850 optioned-up) falls the Fiat 500e’s $32,500 point.

The price and no-frills approach to the Drive make it an attractive for current Smart owners to take their eco-consciousness to the level.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, a lackluster entry into the EV

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