Testing Smart’s Newest EV 2013 ForTwo Electric Drive Popular Mechanics

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Smart’s EV is now in widespread production, and at a that will make you twice.

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Base Price: $20,740 to (excluding federal and state tax

Powertrains: AC permanent-magnet electric 74 hp, 96 lb-ft; single-speed automatic; RWD

EPA Economy (city/hwy): 122/93

What’s New: This is the iteration of the Smart ForTwo Drive, following two limited-run programs in the U.K. and U.S. The Smart ED has a 74 hp electric motor and kwh battery. Top speed has been up from 62 mph to 78, and the 11.5-second 0#150;60 mph is quicker than the gas-powered ForTwo. As before, the primary of the electric version is the single-speed as the rest of the Smart lineup is with a gearbox that’s and slow.

Tech Tidbit: Daimler parent company) has a partnership Tesla through which Musk’s car company supplied the design for the second-generation ForTwo ED. But version uses an in-house

Driving Character: Driving a is always a novelty no matter how gets to the wheels. On the road incredibly tiny, though the cabin is surprisingly spacious.

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The electric drive adds a of advantages. First, the single-speed means none of the slow, shifts from the gearbox in Smarts. And, as in other the electric motor responds with a good kick of In the Smart, flooring the accelerator it’s not a gas pedal in this gives 47 hp, while an extra into the kickdown switch the full 74 hp. It’s a modest peak, but the Smart ED weighs about 2100 pounds#151;300 than the gas version. By conventional the Smart is still slow, but has no keeping up with traffic. in other Smart cars, the wheelbase results in fun, handling that makes you to charge hard into corner and exploit the car’s grip.

Favorite Detail: You can get the ED in the same as a gas-powered Smart, and#151;we’re this is a big deal with owners#151;swap out the plastic body for a new color scheme as often as checkbook will allow.

Grievance: The short wheelbase the Smart buck around a on rough roads, and the general of mass means hard reverberate through the cabin.

Bottom Line: Most look at the Smart as purely a car anyway, so the limited electric (the EPA rates it at 68 miles) like less of a problem What the Smart ED really has for it, though, is price. The nominal price of the coupe is $25,750, and the is $3000 more. (Add $2000 more if you want like navigation, cruise or heated seats). But Smart cut the base price of the car by $5010 for the you agree to an $80 per month lease on the It sounds convoluted, but in this you’re technically buying a car and then paying monthly for the even though you can’t purchase the two separately.

What’s easier to get your around is that it will five years to pay back the you save in sticker price the battery lease. And when you in the $7500 tax credit, you can get a Smart ED as as $13,240 plus $80 a month. better is the lease deal, is $139 a month for three

The argument for going electric than gas in your Smart is that for the price you can get a lot more The Smart ED not only drives than its gas-powered counterpart, but is a good deal cheaper any other EV on the road.

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