Measuring just over 106 inches long and 62 inches tall, the 2-seat Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is the smallest EV on the market and the only EV that comes in a convertible model. One of its greatest assets is being able to maneuver into small parking spots. Cabin size is small, visibility is good and cargo space is very limited. The Smart Fortwo ED’s estimated electric range is 68 to 76 miles. To fully charge its battery pack takes 5 to 6 hrs. Top speed is 78mph and it goes from 0 to 62mph in 11.5 seconds.
Car and Driver reviewers say: "The new Electric Drive variant does everything the gas-powered coupe can do, except for restoring its driving range in a couple of minutes at a gas station. The onboard 7.2-kW charger—a significant improvement over the previous ED’s 3.3-kW unit—can replenish the 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack from zero to 80 percent in 2.5 hours. That battery pack, designed by Smart and built by Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive, is the same capacity as before because increasing its size would raise the ED’s cost.
The second-generation U.S.-market Fortwo saw a lot of beneficial updates for 2016 that transfer directly to the 2017 ED, most notably a real automatic transmission and 4.1 inches of additional width. This makes the Smart smoother to drive, a skosh roomier, and altogether more palatable. No longer does the driver rub shoulders with the passenger as if they were crammed into coach-class airplane seats; there’s even a center armrest that’s wide enough to share. The cabin is sufficiently airy that you’ll forget there are only a few inches of car behind the driver’s seat until you head-check for a lane change, when you’ll remember that you don’t need a lot of checks because the visibility and mirror positioning give great views from all angles."
Engineered by Mercedes-Benz, the ED meets the strongest industry standards. The car's patented Tridion Safety Cell (a rugged safety cage) uses reinforced high-strength steel to protect its passengers. It received 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Administration – its top rating – on the side crash test. An Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) and anti-lock brakes combine offer drivers maximum control, while the positioning of the battery in the vehicle’s underbody keeps it protected if a collision occurs.
Using the Smart Vehicle Homepage allows your phone to check the state of your charge, and the current range of your battery. The Homepage will send you an email or Twitter notification when it’s ready. Plus, it allows for pre-entry climate control, so you can cool or heat the interior before you enter the vehicle.
Smart offer's customers Battery Assurance PlusSM: a battery rental program, which covers the ED's annual battery maintenance costs for 10 years and guarantees the battery’s capacity level. If a replacement becomes necessary, Daimler pays for it.
Daimler, which manufactures Smart, has shifted its focus in the USA and Canada: it will cease making the gas-powered version and focus on selling the battery-powered, pure-electric Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (ED). The brand believes its upcoming second-generation Fortwo ED is the right car for its new, all-electric North American sales strategy. By comparison, the current Fortwo’s 89-hp turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine version consumes a gallon of premium gasoline for every 33 miles traveled in the city and 39 miles traveled on the highway – inefficient numbers given the Fortwo’s tiny dimensions. The ED, on the other hand, uses no gas and gets 68 to 72 pure electric miles before requiring a charge-up. Some drivers say they've reached an 80 mile range. ForTwo ED's mission as an urban runabout has a bright future. One of its best selling points is that its MSRP is around $20,740 before State Rebate and Federal Tax Credit incentives kick in. The pure-electric ED qualifies for a $7500 Federal Tax Credit and a California State Rebate of $2500. It also qualifies for HOV stickers. The vehicle can be leased for around $139@ month.
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