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Smart’s Electric Car Isn’t Smart

Daimler has a lot of work to do if the Electric Drive is to succeed. a lot to like about the itty-bitty EV, but as it the car is underpowered, overpriced and in need of a rethink.

To be fair, the car we spent a driving is a second-generation model, one of 250 is leasing nationwide. The Germans are 1,500 Smart EVs into the to gather real-world feedback will shape the third-gen car next year. Daimler the production model “will see over these cars. It because the nascent electric market is too competitive for Daimler not to put its foot forward.

The Smart city car is a natural for electrification, and the two are largely the same aside the drivetrain. Like its gas-sipping the Smart ED has a lot going for it. It’s but roomy and reasonably comfy. You can an absurd amount of stuff it and park anywhere. And it is packed safety features, including airbags. It would be a fantastic commuter but for one thing.

It’s slow. Ridiculously, needlessly slow.

Frankly, we some pep because Tesla helped with the battery. But car is as lackadaisical as the Roadster is rapid. The makes 20 kilowatts. That’s 27 one more than a John X500 riding lawnmower. We checked.

A “kickdown” feature a bit a passing gear provides 10 kilowatts when you stomp the go It lasts two minutes and is barely The car does zero to 37.5 mph in 6.5 just enough time to that guy in the Escalade sees you into traffic. Limiting top to 62.5 mph doesn’t help.

Daimler sees nothing with any of this.

“The Smart is very well for urban mobility, which is its habitat,” the company said in an “Feedback from our customers that we have found a balance between driving and range.”

That may be, but there is no this car can’t perform The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an excellent in point. It has the same size and the same range as the Smart but a 47-kilowatt (63 hp) motor and snappy

The production model will be at a little faster. Daimler the Smart ForSpeed concept at the Geneva Motor Show is glimpse of Smart’s ‘electric The concept has a 30 kilowatt (40 hp) motor and 37.5 mph one second faster the Electric Drive. Top speed is 75

The Smart uses a 16.5 battery; the EPA pegs the range at 63 We had no trouble charging with an cord plugged into but it took all night. Plug it 220 and a drained battery is ready in hours.

The car needs a more energy management system you how much energy you’ve how much you’re using and how far you can go. The state-of-charge and energy use gauges aren’t much help. No from Daimler on what we see in production cars.

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Daimler the Smart Electric Drive is an commuter designed primarily for around town. That’s a niche, but the Smart Electric could fill it admirably if it cost so much.

Daimler is leasing the Smart EV for a month for 48 months. That to $28,752. That includes the federal EV tax credit. So you’re at $36,252 for this particular That’s a lot, especially for an commuter with minimal Ours didn’t even floor mats or a center

Part of that price the fact the second-generation vehicles a limited run and undoubtedly expensive as to build. But at the end of the day, this is a ForTwo Passion Coupe a battery and a motor.

No word Daimler on what the production will run, but Smart USA it “will be competitively priced.” enough, if that means the low 20s after the tax credit and packing the car standard features. At the least it a decent stereo and cruise Navi and Bluetooth would be too. Unless and until gives this car more more features and a more price, we can’t imagine it at all well.

Part of the problem is the Nissan has made it tough for everyone It is the gold standard for mass-market EVs and a at $25,280 after the tax credit. The hybrid Chevrolet Volt far behind, at about $32,780 once Uncle Sam pays you We’re still waiting for to announce the price of the i-MiEV see next year, but we keep it’ll be in the low to mid 20s after the credit.

is the field on which Daimler is It must step up its game if it to score any points.

Photos: Jim Merithew /

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