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2013 smart fortwo electric drive Overview
Smart’s diminutive fortwo screams for an electric version and one is finally here: the 2013 Smart fortwo electric drive (no typo here, Smart is very fond of the lowercase letters).
The fortwo electric drive is the next evolution of Smart’s take on the ideal urban car. It takes the small size and tight turning radius that make the standard fortwo so convenient in the city and adds electric power which means no more wasting time/money at the front. This arrangement makes so much sense in fact, that it’s strange the electric version didn’t come out first.
Instead of a gas engine, the 2013 fortwo electric drive has a water-cooled three-phase AC motor which is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter than the nickel-based batteries found in most hybrids. The electric motor produces 74-horsepower and 96 pounds-feet of torque, which is delivered instantly.
Now for the important stuff: range checks in at an estimated 76 miles, plenty for even city-wide excursions and more than enough for most commutes. The fortwo electric can be charged on both 120V and 240V power (requires the installation of a charge station). It takes 6 hours to charge on a 240V plug and 14 hours on a regular household socket (120V). The EPA rates the fortwo electric at 122/93 city/highway mpge.
From the outside, besides a lack of tailpipe there isn’t much to distinguish electric versions from gasoline versions of the fortwo. It is notable, however, for being the only cabriolet electric car available on the market today.
Inside, the fortwo electric is well equipped. Automatic temperature control, power windows, and a leather trimmed steering wheel are standard. Heated seats, a navigation system, and a surround sound stereo are optional. The fortwo electric also offers plenty of technology that connects the car to you, including a vehicle home page app that connects the car to your smart phone and allows you to see the battery level, preset the A/C, and see your range.
Smart is an active subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, so they also get the Mercedes’ focus on safety. A very strong, roll-cage-like frame is the basis for this. Side curtain, knee, and front airbags are standard, as are antilock brakes and electronic stability control. LED daytime running lamps are optional.