First Look: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
When the idea first germinated for the original Swatchmobile back in 1994, surely an electrified version was part of the overall vision. Almost 20 years later, the Swatchmobile concept has evolved into the Smart Fortwo and is now fulfilling the logical progression to becoming the zero-emission urbanite fun-mobile it was destined to be.
One of the things that makes the Electric Drive version of the Smart Fortwo so compelling is how seamless the transition from gas to electric is for this model. Most other automakers have to almost re-engineer their vehicles to accommodate an electric setup, but in Smart’s case the entire legacy and DNA foundation of the Fortwo has always been focused on compact and eco-friendly design. Smart cars were born to be electric.
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive boasts a 55 kW drive motor which is powered exclusively by a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Smart Fortwo ED can reach a top speed of 120 KM/h and can tickle 60 KM/h in just about 5 seconds. Using a standard 220V outlet, it takes only 3 hours to charge the battery from 20 to 80 percent of its capacity and less than 8 hours to fully charge it. The battery may also be charged using a common household 110V outlet. On a full charge with combined city and highway driving, you can expect a range of approximately 120+ KM. For most city dwellers and even light commuters that is plenty of range.
While the Smart Fortwo ED has been available in select markets across Europe since 2008, it will only go on sale (3rd generation) for the first time in Canada later this year around September 2012.
Stuff Magazine on Smart Fortwo ED
Smart Canada Electric Drive Tour
Smart Fortwo ED @ International Motor Show Frankfurt (IAA)