If you want a Smart Fortwo, you’ll have to act fast. Daimler is selling its ultra compact as an EV only in 2019, and after that, will discontinue offering it in the USA, where the micro car market has seriously declined.
Measuring just over 106 inches long, 65 inches wide and 61.22 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 and cargo space is very limited. What’s really limited is its range: only 58 miles.
Top speed is 81mph. Charging its 17.6kWh Lithium-ion battery takes 3 hours with a 240V Level 2 charger and up to 21 hours with a 120 wall socket (Level 1).
There are three coupe (hard top) trims: Smart EQ Fortwo Pure ($23,900 MSRP), Smart EQ Fortwo Passion ($25,390 MSRP), and Smart EQ Fortwo Prime ($26,740 MSRP).
And there are two Cabrio (convertible) trims: Smart EQ Fortwo Passion ($28,100 MSRP), and Smart EQ Fortwo Prime ($29,100 MSRP).
All 5 trims are eligible for a Federal Tax credit of $7,500 and a California State Rebate of $2,500, meaning $10,000 can be cut off the price. Talk to a Current EV representative to find out how you can qualify for these incentives.
The EPA has given the Smart EV a 124/94/108 city / highway / combined rating. The U.S. Department of Energy (www.fueleconomy.gov) estimates Smart EV drivers will save $4,750 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel car.
Engineered by Daimler and distributed by Mercedes-Benz, the Smart Fortwo EV 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.
Plus, it's equipped with Crosswind Assist to detect strong gusts of wind and anti-lock brakes to give you maximum control, while the positioning of the battery in the vehicle's underbody offers increased protection if a collision occurs.
Other safety features include: ESP – an electronic stability program with hill start assist, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), 8 airbags, an Alarm system, Central locking system with remote, a Tridion safety cell, and a Low-speed acoustic system generator.
Four packages are available:
• Lighting Package (+$400) U-Shaped integral LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps with cornering function
• Climate Package (+$200) Additional door and floor insulation for comfort and climate efficiency, heated steering wheel (only available with heated front seats)
• Sport Package (+$450) 16" black 8-Y-spoke wheels, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, and brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs
• Smart Media-System (+$1,290) High-resolution 7" touchscreen with navigation and live traffic provided by tomtom, point-of-interest search and 3D display, ECO display functions (ECO score, stats, trip comparisons), rear-view camera with Park Assist, and Android Auto smartphone integration
• Smart Media-System with JBL® Sound (+$1,780) All the features of the smart Media-System with a 240W 8-speaker sound system, removable subwoofer, and 6-channel DSP amplifier
Warranty-wise, Smart cars are covered for defects in material and workmanship for 48-months or 50,000 miles. Every Smart EV comes with 24-hour Roadside Assistance, and batteries are warrantied for 8 years/62,000 miles.
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.
Cars.com says: “With its limited range, small size and two-person cabin, the cute ForTwo is a niche car designed for bustling metropolitan environments. It's fun to drive in the city and an absolute breeze to park. Its eligibility for a $7,500 federal tax credit is another plus. The EQ ForTwo's small size, however, becomes a liability outside of urban centers as the car feels too small for suburban roads.”
REWRITTEN JULY 2019
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