Smart Fortwo Electric Drive drive review Autoweek

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Smart Fortwo Electric drive review

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What is it?

By it’s a diminutive runabout by electrons stored in a 17.6 kWh More specifically, it’s the Smart Fortwo Electric .

The first crop of cars out a limited test fleet in The second group was leased in markets and featured a powertrain by This third car is meant for a audience. While the 2013 we drove are only currently in states with zero-emission mandates, in 2014 they’ll rolling out into broader

The new powertrain is homegrown, a product of a of joint ventures established by parent, Daimler. The motor was in conjunction with Bosch, the lithium-ion battery’s supplied by ACCUmotive, a group set up under the of Daimler and Evonik.

To keep costs low, the is only set up for Level 1 and Level 2 A Level 2 charge will the battery in six hours; plugging it a regular household outlet in a full charge in about 14 Advertised range is 76 miles, and by the way we abused the throttle bombing San Francisco for a couple of hours, it reasonable to us.

Though the specs improved over the Tesla Fortwo, the real news is the Smart has just announced a rebate. It knocks the base of the coupe glider down to

The glider? Like, a rolling Yes. Smart’s preferred way of Fortwo EDs — either sale or lease — is to you take ownership of the vehicle it retains the pink slip for the which it then rents you for $80 a for a decade. The program’s called Assurance Plus and it guarantees you you’ll have a power with at least 80 percent for 10 years.

The company hasn’t decided they’re going to do when the 10 up, but they’ll likely sell it to you for a hundred dollars. Under the new plan, effective through the end of the a lease will run $139 a including Battery Assurance BAP is transferable, which means Smart’s next owner can the remainder of the guaranteed benefits you’ve used up your portion of the decade.

What’s it to drive?

The internally combusting powertrain is hobbled by a gearbox regarded as one of the most soul-destroying of power-transmission equipment ever in a motor vehicle. And for such a tiny thing, the mileage all that stellar. The cavernous-by-comparison v will ace the gas Smart’s EPA numbers real-world conditions. A TDI Volkswagen too. And those are all like, cars . with nice or snot-slick twin-clutch transmissions.

Look beyond the techy class and even conventional gasoline-powered models feature EPA numbers. But the Smart ED? It’s what this little car was to be in the first place. Daimler it from the outset to accept a fuel-burning or electric powertrain, so the isn’t wedged in somewhere the could find space. the Tesla Model S, the Fortwo its cells under your keeping the center of gravity

That, combined with drive and a short wheelbase for a surprisingly compelling cornering

Power proved absolutely in the cut-and-thrust of San Francisco traffic. the 11.5-second 0-60 time burnish any Don Garlits dreams, is rapid enough to avoid — pretty much all 96 of torque are available whenever you them.

Honestly, the only real I had was with the pedal positioning and Something about it led to a tired after about 30 minutes in traffic.

Do I want one?

For a month? Hell, for that I want one. Is it a brilliant A stylish sportster? No, but it’s a thing that performs a task quite well.

Out on Avenue, a 60-something guy in a Ford pulled up next to me. “How do you that thing?”

“It’s all man. It’s electric, is fun.”

car Smart Fortwo ED

“Oh! It’s Well, thank you for saving the Obviously, I’m not.”

The Fortwo ED may not be an aspirational object, but a nice-enough little bauble, out of stuff that doesn’t like junk. Throw in the (check your special from your federal and authorities) and it’s about as as cheap gets. And SUV drivers in liberal cities, at least will roll the roll of in your presence.

If you’re the of person who wants to be seen in a (and let’s face it, you know if you are or not), this is the one to It’s actually, you know . smart.

2013 Smart Electric Drive

On Sale: Now

Price: $25,750 (Coupe)

74-hp, 96-lb-ft electric RWD, 1-speed automatic; kWh battery

Curb Weight: TBA

mph: 11.5 sec

Fuel Economy: 122 city/93 combined mpge

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car Smart Fortwo ED
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