Smart Fortwo Ed electric cars move on but still face road bumps…

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Smart Fortwo Ed – the way ahead for cars?

Adam Gabbatt the new Smart Fortwo Electric a second-generation electric car, the window of his flat — not the manoeuvre. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the

At the launch of Smart’s second-generation car last week, Quentin – best known as Jeremy former Top Gear co-host – Aldous Huxley describing how is the only truly modern in the novel Brave New World .

Now got silent speed, Willson I challenge any motoring nutters to get one of these electric cars and not be blown away.

Except the about the Smart Ed – or Smart Electric Drive. to give the its proper title – is that it is not It is whiney. It seems to loathe emitting a wail when the is depressed and making a sound of when the foot is removed.

Never having been in an car before, I was cautious before the Smart Ed for three days. pedestrians fail to hear it and out into the road in front of me? In road crossers looked over their shoulders, of being hit by what sounded a washing machine performing a spin cycle.

But driving one is good fun. After round London in a Smart for days, I struggle to think of a car suited to the rigours of city Gearless, it resembles a go-kart in its and with the main weight of the evenly distributed along its it handles better than the or diesel versions.

Its acceleration that of the petrol model necessarily an impressive boast) and the top speed is limited to 62mph to battery power, as the Smart is for city use this limitation rarely be noticed.

This version is the company’s electric-powered effort, part of a production run of about 3,000. One of these will be leased for 12 at a heavily subsidised price, to in the UK as part of a wider electric car part-funded by the government’s technology board .

The quango has pumped into supplying 340 electric of varying manufacture and size, to across the UK, and both the government and will collect information on how are used, through data fitted to each car.

is the largest contributor to the scheme, 60 of these second-generation vehicles out in London and 40 in the West Midlands.

The main advantage over the first effort, trialled in more than two years is the increased battery power, according to Smart’s figures, a range of 84 miles as opposed to 50.


obstacle, however, is charging the Living in a ground floor with no parking space, issue was eventually resolved by the communal bin out of its usual location, to the bemusement of a crowd of children. backing the car into the bin’s position, hurling the yellow cable through a flatmate’s locking the car, entering flatmate’s room and plugging the cable into a normal socket, I was ready to go.

If the car charged in 30 or even an hour, it might about be bearable. As it is, it takes hours to charge from 0% to which is a little too long to neighbours of their refuse

Recognising the problem of home supporters argue that the number of electric cars is on increasing the number of publicly charging points. As it is, there are than 300 in the UK, the vast majority of in the capital.

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Boris Johnson, the of London, has pledged to expand the of points in the capital to 25,000 by but a bigger threat to the success of cars may be looming. Last business secretary Vince pointedly refused to confirm the Labour government’s pledge to new electric cars by up to £5,000 – a letter of warning from who are now concerned that the new government is the switch to green cars.

Given that, at the moment, the of batteries makes electric significantly more expensive their more traditional the loss of the subsidy could be a blow for the bid to boost their on the road.

The bottom line

says it is extremely difficult to even a ballpark figure on how the electric drive will However judging by other car makers, it is unlikely to be cheap.

On electric cars tend to at least £10,000 more similar-sized petrol or diesels. The Leaf goes on sale February at £28,350 – around more than an equivalent or diesel, while the Mitsubishi is priced at £38,699 – four the cost of the petrol version.

For the money, purchasers will almost £800 per year 10,000 miles a year) in costs compared with a smart, getting a vehicle costs less than £2 to charge and just 2p per mile to

But the electric smart will CO 2 emissions by 2.6 tonnes per year 10,000 miles when with the industry average.

van der Zee test-drives the Smart ed

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