Smart ForTwo Electric Drive | Auto Express

26 Фев 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

car Smart Fortwo ED


Adding electric to the compact ForTwo makes a lot of It raises the car’s appeal no as it eliminates the jerky driving of the standard model, while the centre focus means owners will travel distances that won’t the car’s 90-mile range. among the best uses of power by a mainstream brand

There aren’t many that can claim to have a following, but the Smart ForTwo is them. The compact two-seater has appealed to buyers who want to out from the crowd, while the of electric power brings the bonus of ultra-low running

From the outside, the ForTwo Drive is identical to the standard save for ED and electric drive but you can give it a more distinctive if you go for the £600 Electric Drive package fitted to our car. The of white body panels and with metallic green safety cell is eye-catching, but the Twizy still turns heads.

Climb inside, and you be behind the wheel of a standard While that means the is well built, the plastics throughout aren’t the best and it’s difficult to get comfortable at the

There’s no height adjustment for the while the steering wheel is in position. It feels like sat on top of the car, rather than in it, taller drivers will their line of sight is the top of the windscreen. Another niggle is the lettering at the base of the gearlever been moved in the switch left to right-hand drive, so the itself obscures the characters.

The electric motor and battery are mounted under the boot while the charging lead is in the tailgate, so boot space compromised by the new drivetrain, and you get far more than in the Twizy.

Start the and you’re greeted by a chime to you that the car is running – simply Drive, and you’re off. As the ED power directly to the rear the standard car’s jerky manual box has been eliminated, and the is all the better for it.

With 130Nm of torque as soon as you press the accelerator, the car away from a standstill, and the motor spins up with a futuristic whirr as you accelerate. claims a 0-62mph time of seconds, but it feels a lot faster, and the lower-powered Twizy, as well as other cars, in its wake pulling away from lights.

Unfortunately, the rest of the experience is the same as the standard The short wheelbase means the is easily unsettled over bumps, and there’s plenty of in bends. However, compared to the Twizy, the suspension does up some bumps, and the fact not exposed to the elements means the car is far comfortable.

Smart claims that the ED has a range of 90 miles, and while we test its limits, it delivered in line with these It can travel twice as far as the Twizy on a charge, so you could realistically longer journeys.

One neat added to our test car was the steering paddles that adjust the of regenerative braking produced by the drivetrain. There are three from unobstructed coasting to resistance, with the highest putting a decent amount of back into the batteries.

As with any electric car, the major downside is its charging Smart estimates it takes hours from flat a standard socket, although can be cut to an hour if you choose the optional high-capacity 22kW on-board that will be available in the

You have a number of different options if you want to buy a ForTwo ED, but one you go for, there’s huge for personalisation, although this the price well beyond the Twizy.

Of course, standard kit comprises and electric windows, while the of doors, side windows and a means, unlike the Renault, you can use the ED all year round. This just give it the advantage it to justify its higher price.

car Smart Fortwo ED
car Smart Fortwo ED
car Smart Fortwo ED
car Smart Fortwo ED


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