Test Drive Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Is Much Better Than The…

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Test Drive: Smart Electric Drive Is Much Than The Gas Version

2013 Fortwo Electric Drive Matthew de Paula)

The tiny Fortwo Electric Drive like the Starship Enterprise off. It made a faint as it pulled away, delivering so smoothly that it might as have been gliding interstellar space.

This plug-in electric car sure has a long way, just as the has since parent Mercedes-Benz over management from Automotive Group in spring The new Fortwo Electric Drive like an entirely different compared to a second-generation prototype I a couple of years ago. And it is.


This 2013 model is quieter and more refined. It also be the lowest priced electric car in North America it goes on sale next for a starting price of $25,000. A version, called the Smart Cabriolet Electric Drive, start at $28,000.

A new 55-kilowatt drive motor developed the help of Bosch is one of the chief to the Fortwo Electric Drive so much more refined. It is and more powerful than the it replaces.

The motor, which sits the rear wheels, puts out torque than the regular gasoline engine does—96 versus 68 foot-pounds—and all of it is available In practical terms, this that the Fortwo Electric is pretty snappy pulling from a standstill.

Once it up to speed, it loses gusto, Pushing the accelerator to the floor a momentary boost that to about 74 horsepower—again, higher the gas-powered Fortwo, which out 70 hp. But the surge is fleeting, only for a quick pass around a vehicle perhaps, if that. We get a chance to test this more than once, as we were confined to a 13-mile route in Brooklyn with stop-and-go traffic.

car Smart Fortwo ED

On a long, deserted street some old shipyards, I punched it, and was with how fast the car felt. the new motor and an entirely new 17.6 lithium-ion battery developed by the engineers were able to cut the Electric Drive’s 0-to-60 down to about 11.5 which is 1.3 seconds quicker a gas-powered Fortwo. This weighing 300 pounds more the gasoline version.

It’s still a slow though. Top speed in the Smart Electric Drive is 78 mph, 90 mph in the regular Fortwo.

And as good as the new motor and battery pack are in the Electric Drive, one big problem It still doesn’t handle a small car should. The steering is too slow. The brake and accelerator are mushy and oddly positioned. The can feel a bit ponderous and floaty.

Some of that is by design. such a short wheelbase, an edgy or aggressive ride make the car unstable.

At least the fixed gear for the electric means you won’t have to through the worst part of the Smart Fortwo: its clunky manual transmission that the car heave like a boat on seas.

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

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