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Review: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

With the Smart Electric Drive you don’t simply opt for an electric car, but rather the electric car that suits you perfectly: a two-seater, four-seater or a cabriolet. The new Smart Electric Drive 2017 according to its maker is virtually silent. The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes 11.4 seconds (11.7 for the cabrio model), and the car tops out at a governed 81 mph. The motivating force is a three-phase synchronous AC motor that produces 80 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. It’s fed by a 17.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and drives the rear wheels.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Smart
  • Model: Electric Drive
  • First available: January 2012
  • Next Upgrade: April 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 2
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 11.4s
  • Range: 68 miles 110 km
  • Price: $20,000
    Price: €21'940
    Price: £16'000

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 17.2 kWh lithium-ion
  • Charge time

    • up to 22h at 120V
    • U.S.-market models can be recharged in 2.5 hours via a 240-volt source
    • fast-charging – 45 min

1 User Review on “Smart Fortwo Electric Drive”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    One of the Smartest Smart Cars on the Market
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    2017 Fortwo Electric Drive - I test driven this car

    Trying to find an electric car that offers plenty of range and power at the same time is not easy, as I soon found out. It seems that you can get one or the other, but rarely both. I was pleasantly surprised when I took the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive for a spin. Being one of the smallest cars on the road, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, especially since I am over six feet tall. Still, there is plenty of legroom on the inside and more than enough power coming from the electric motor.

    The battery pack is made by Deutsche Accumotive, a subsidiary of Daimler located in Saxony. The pack contains a total of 96 individual L.G. lithium-ion cells that produce 17.6 kWhr of power. Changes this year have improved the charging times, cutting them down to 2.5 hours. You can also by a fast charger that cuts this time down to 45 minutes. The manufacturer warranties the batteries for 60,000 miles or 8 years.

    Renault builds the electric motor in their plant located in Cléon, France. A single electric motor drives the rear wheels using a single fixed ratio gearbox. Top speed has been electronically limited to 80 mph for your safety. When you put the car in reverse, the electric motor simply runs in the opposite direction.

    One thing I really like about the electric version of the Smart Fortwo is that the extra weight of the battery pack makes it more stable in turns. The electric motor offers silky smooth acceleration compared to the slightly rough acceleration found in the gas-powered version. When you combine a range of 70 to 80 miles with solid acceleration and short recharge times, this is truly one of the smartest smart cars on the market. The only thing I was not thrilled about is overall acceleration, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 11.4 seconds, but as long as you are driving it in the city, this will never be a problem. It is also the perfect car for anyone who needs a car for city commuting to work on a daily basis.

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