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Smart EV Would Be Smarter if It Cheaper

The Smart Electric is every bit as quirky and fun to drive as its sibling, and swapping internal for electricity makes for a decent runabout with acceptable Too bad it’s crazy expensive.

We some time tooling Brooklyn, New York, in a Smart Electric Drive and found it to be and relatively peppy. Smart it will do zero to 60 km/hr in 6.5 For the metrically challenged, that’s 37 Yeah, we know. That’s But since when do people microcars? It’s quick to keep up with urban which is exactly what designed for.

Now that the are built and 100 of them have running around London for a of years, the playfully decorated enters Phase 2 of its development and real-world testing. Smart to lease 1,500 ForTwo Drives to businesses and ordinary in North America, Europe and of Asia beginning this Daimler, which owns is doing the same thing BMW did the Mini E electric turning loose in the wild to do a little testing. Phase 3 starts in when the Smart Electric rolls into showrooms.

“It’s a milestone for the Smart which was really founded on a of sustainability,” says Jill president of Smart USA. think the electric-vehicle technology capitalizes on what was already an environmentally friendly vehicle. a logical next step and has the to bring all of the elements the brand had so well with over and capitalize on them.”

Beyond the flashy green the wheels and the absence of a tailpipe and the electric ForTwo is almost to a conventional ForTwo. To build it, dropped the fuel tank and engine in favor of a 16.5 lithium ion battery and a 30 kilowatt (40 motor. Forty horsepower? we know. That’s nothing. But the puts down 88 pound of torque, so at least it’s got pep.

The battery, built by Motors. uses the car’s A/C to cool. Smart says the is good for 82 miles we didn’t it long enough to find out and in eight hours when into a 220-volt line. You can it from 20 percent to 80 percent of charge in 3.5 hours. The battery 306 pounds, so to make up for the added Smart tweaked the spring to maintain the ride height. those mods, the Electric is a dead ringer for the conventional

Plopping a big honkin’ battery in it the car from bantamweight class to but it’s still nimble. The felt every bit as pleasant in its as the conventional car, and the Electric might be a bit more agile the battery is under the seats. lowers the center of gravity. happy to say the jostling back and that accompanies gear with the paddle-shifted gearbox of the car is totally absent. The single-speed ratio of the EV is much smoother a ride and power delivery

Want one? Good Just 250 of the 1,500 slated for are headed to the United States, and 80 of those are destined for corporate when they arrive in That leaves 50 for the rest of us, and looking at $600 a month for 48 to lease it. If you think that’s consider that it reflects the federal EV tax credit. Without it, says the lease would been $915 a month.

who can afford that chunk of have to live in one of the EV-crazy of the country like Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area or along the corridor (and some areas) to get one. Check out the USA site for more info.


Smart will undoubtedly no trouble finding homes for the 50 and a lot of those people won’t to return them. But if Smart to compete against cars the Nissan Leaf or even the i-MiEV in the budding EV market, it has to up its by giving the ForTwo EV more and a lower price.

Main of a Smart ForTwo EV in Brooklyn: Schwartzapfel / Wired.com. All others of the EV in Germany: Daimler.

Stuart is an occasional contributor to Wired.com and of the automotive blog Man on the Move .

The Electric Drive is a converted so the two vehicles are identical beyond the

Same interior, but the EV ditches the for a single-speed and it gets a pair of gauges atop the dash.

The 16.5 kilowatt-hour battery is to be good for 82 miles, though we drive it long enough to out. Run it dry and you’re looking at hours plugged into a line, but

you can get from 20 percent to 80 state of charge in 3.5 hours.

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