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Smart ForTwo Electric review

You wouldn’t want to be on the end if someone in a Toyota LandCruiser a mistake.

Paul Gover tests and reviews the Smart Electric Drive in Germany

The car come to visit me this as I sleep in Stuttgart, not far from the of the automobile more than 125 ago. While I am catching shut-eye, they wave dust over the Smart I have parked in the hotel Or so it seems.

As I jump back the tiny Smart, preparing to the commuter traffic on a run to Daimler just outside of town, I down at the fuel gauge and stunned for a just second to see it is back on the full mark.

I recall a petrol station. But I do remember this is not just an Smart, and I had better disconnect its umbilical cord before Drive.

This car is a Smart Electric Drive and it’s of an evaluation fleet of more 1000 cars racking up and experience across Europe. The of the fleet hit the road in London in and have been followed by in a range of big cities as far apart as The and home base in Germany.

The plug-in Smart is now in its second — with a third to later this year and Daimler says production has 2000 cars for destinations in 18 The first real-world electric car the Daimler family is promised for but the final details — date and the crucial price are still unknown.

It’s evaluation. We’re looking to a small number in initially, to them in our driving conditions, David McCarthy, speaking for

The big stumbling point is the price at point. It’s probably to be pretty close to $30,000. It be at least a 50 per cent premium on the car.

But what is known is unless owners have a array on the roof, the vast of these Smarts will be on coal-fired electricity and that’s not so Still, Benz is pushing with a potential plan would make it the third car in Australia, after the tiny and Mitsubishi iMiEV and the impressive Leaf.

Hopefully in the next month or so have a decision. We’ve got a bit of but we deliberately haven’t talked it until we’ve driven the car in conditions, says McCarthy.


The is an ideal subject for electrification. In when the tiny city car was in the 1980s — as the Swatchmobile, an from Swatch boss Hayek — it was originally to be a plug-in battery car.

changed and by the time it hit the road in it had gone petrol, and today’s is still motivated by a 1.0-litre engine in the tail that 52 kiloWatts with claimed of 4.7 litres/100km.

The switch to the latest ED puts a lithium-ion power sourced from Tesla, the car together with an electric good for 20kW in constant and 30 at peak. The maximum speed is acceleration takes 6.5 seconds to and the range is a claimed 100 kilometres.

But ED3 arrives this year, a new and other changes will 35kW — and a petrol-rivalling 50 at pen a top speed of 120km/h, 0-60km/h in seconds and a range better 135 kilometres.

The design of the SmartTwo is much as always been — stumpy and very different. difference has not worked well in where parking is not as precious as it is in or London or Rome. But some like the idea of a two-seater runabout and the Smart delivers a look that is unique.

The ED — for Electric Drive has alloy wheels and is nicely out in the cabin, with two dash-top — they stick up crab’s eyes — to battery life and current use. The plug-in cable is integrated into the bottom of the rear hatch, which with a glass upper for access, and the plug-in point is into what would be the filler for the fuel tank.

The Smart is a four-star car in Europe, but not the ED. So it’s hard to know how it will go, despite Daimler that it will be as good as the car.

It comes with ESP and ABS, as expect, and safety has always a priority — with changes to everything from the to the weight balance even the first car was sold. But it’s a tiny car and you wouldn’t want to be on the end if someone in a Toyota LandCruiser a mistake.

I have driven a of electric cars and the Smart ED is one of the and most relevant as a green runner. It’s never to rival a Falcon at the lights, or the carrying power of a Commodore, but it the needs of a lot of people who are now even at scooters for inner-city chores and

The Smart feels way, way solid than the iMiEV, the price will easily the Leaf. But, there are a of buts.

Any Smart car makes a lot of in Europe, where roads are and parking is tight, and the electric car is smarter because it is zero when running. But even the of Sydney and Melbourne traffic is no for Paris at peak time.

The Smart ED is also slow. slow. It gets away ok, and is up to about 50km/h, but then it to add pace and tops out at a GPS-measured

I have not driven a car so tardy as my 1959 Volkswagen Beetle, means you have to be thinking all the about maintaining momentum and out of the way of quicker traffic. The Smart is on a highway, but hills are a challenge and you need to keep an eye on the mirrors.

it’s a fun car. And a very car. It’s also more substantial than I from earlier ForTwo rides well and has good and handling for the size and pace of the

The electric systems are totally and cause almost zero — although the plug-in could get dirty if you don’t an enclosed garage or charging My German car comes without satnav, which should be to help with locating points.

And that’s the only question. It’s extremely to plug the Smart ED into a socket, and an overnight charge is no but there are still doubts range.

The car easily lasts for 80 kilometres in despite lots of full-throttle with the dial still half a charge on the 16 kiloWatt-hour and the fairy visit means ready for more than 80 the following morning. It’s to know until I get a Smart ED but it’s a car I like and — at $32,000 — it could be a thing for Australia.

A great way to get in Europe with potential for support down under.

Electric Drive

Price: $32-35,000

Engine: AC permanent synchronous electric

Transmission: speed, RWD

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