Mid-June 2012 was a landmark period in Smart history. Fans of this brand had the opportunity to no longer care about the cost of gasoline and at the same time to feel more drive behind the wheel. The reason was the release of the Smart Fortwo electric drive, the electric version of the popular double hatchback.
This stylish city car does not produce any harmful emissions, but at the same time gives the owner a unique pleasure to drive. Smart Fortwo electric drive is available in both coupe and convertible versions. In this case, Smart usually has several consumer qualities that other cars often lack. First of all, it's mobility, agility, and compactness. The Smart's length is just 8.8 ft, and the width is also small at 5.1 ft, allowing it to park easily anywhere. The height is also just 5.1 ft and the wheelbase is 6.1 ft.
Nevertheless, the car's interior is quite spacious since the the lack of a back row gives the front seats to increased range to be adjusted. There is plenty of headspace. So the only complaints might be between the driver and passenger.
The car is equipped with a 75 hp electric motor, developed jointly with Bosch. 130 Nm of torque provides the Smart Fortwo ED with an acceleration up to 62 mph in 11.5 sec. The 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery stores energy sufficient to traverse 68 miles. It takes around 6-7 hours to fully charge the battery from a wall socket, while fast charging takes about 5 hours.
Smart Fortwo electric drive equipment is enough to please any owner. The air conditioning with dust filter and climate control, which allows for preheating or cooling the cabin during charging, can be controlled via a smartphone. Additional comfort for the driver and passengers is provided by power seat adjusments, a leather steering wheel, audio system, and power steering. The options list also includes navigation, a glass panoramic roof for the coupe version and even leather seats. Smart EV also offers a special iPhone app for its customers to remotely control the car's features, such as battery charge or climate control.
Smart Electric Drive is a good choice for those who need to travel in a densely populated city with minimal cost and want mobility in style. Although small in size, it offers decent performance, and at such a reasonable price, it looks even more attractive.