2011 Smart Fortwo ED Passion an AW Drivers Log Autoweek

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2011 Smart Fortwo ED an AW Drivers Log

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MARK VAUGHN, COAST EDITOR: Not every car is to be right for every buyer. is especially true of electric Just like monster full-size vans, sports and reruns of America’s Next Top each has its own fans and addresses its own niche in our society.

The Smart ED (ED for electric drive, but you can insert the kind of ED jokes here) is a car for intra-urban travel. If you live in a city like Paris, or Cleveland and want to be able to in half the space of normal there is no better vehicle on wheels than the Smart ED. on two wheels might be even

Or a bus or subway, which have a lot of might even top that.

for four wheels in the city you outSmart the Smart. With its drive, the Smart ED has zero emissions. With its upright it has more than enough for two very large adults and for their groceries or luggage.

it costs much less using a gasoline-powered anything than a skimboard, and that circle could operate in a park.

But apart from the listed above, the Smart ED itself in the tire so many that it has to stop to reload it gets done with its own sheet.

First and foremost, it is woefully That is not by the standards of gasoline-powered that’s compared with any modern electric car I’ve short of one of those deadly neighborhood electric vehicles

I picked up the Smart ED from my colleague Barry Winfield in Los Angeles and got right onto the Freeway.

Gack! I thought, Why this thing going?

Now access to the Pasadena Freeway be limited to amusement-park bumper A top speed of 45 mph would be understandable Having been completed in when cars didn’t go as fast as they do today, the Freeway is now a narrow slot where angry commuters for their 5-mph exits as if was keeping score.

Into madness I flung the Smart, at 40, then 45, eventually 50 mph—what is with this thing? If you your foot to the floor you really and truly think gonna die, you feel a click and you get more power—55, 60, 65 mph! That click be where output of the electric goes from 20 kilowatts to 30

But OMG, as the kids say.

by the grace of God I made it to the end of the freeway being squashed like a I immediately got the Racelogic test and set out to verify that it really was dog I tried four launches and the 0-to-60-mph time I got was—this is not a seconds! The best time!

Gack! There is no excuse for a car to be that slow and still be on a road, let alone the deadly, Race 2000 confines of the Freeway.

The battery pack is kilowatt-hours and the curb weight of the ED is about 2,000 pounds. The i-MiEV that I drove summer had a 16 kilowatt-hour battery weighed exactly 2,497 and had a 0-to-60-mph time of 11.9 The Nissan Leaf has a 24-kilowatt-hour weighs 3,375 pounds and to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds.

The Tesla Roadster to 60 in 3.7 seconds.

I can only assume Smart set up its ED for better range at the of performance. Smart lists for the ED at 98 miles and quotes the EPA at 63 miles of I found my average range in the was 60.2 miles. The heavier, powerful Leaf is listed at 100 range, 73 EPA.

The Tesla 245 miles on a charge.

I only had the for 24 hours, but in the first half of time period it did go 50.9 on 11.715 kilowatt-hours, including runs to 60 mph at full throttle and miles of freeway driving. figures suggest that the could go 72 miles using driving techniques. Given a ginger application of the accelerator the Smart ED could even Smart’s claimed 98-mile

In any case, it can go farther than the listed 63 miles.

There were other bothers. The Smart ED has no creep in to it. When you lift off the brake the car just sits there, or whichever direction is downhill. buyers expect a little (I know, I know, I was in the car so it had a little ha ha) and all other EVs seem to offer it.

Why not in the

Though I didn’t drive it a slalom, the handling was not inspiring. The Smart we tested a few years ago was in the slalom. With about 300 more curb weight the of the Smart ED is not going to be an improvement on the Smart Fortwo.

The ride on the was near-tortuous. That short made the Smart pitchpole and over every significant patch.

Finally, the window in the car I drove said $45,587! True, you can only lease at present, but the lease is $599 a

Only the BMW Mini E was more, at a month back when I talk anyone into one for me. Considering that AutoWeek’ s Leaf long-term car stickers at and that Mitsubishi has said the electric car will sticker at $30,000 when it comes out this year (all government rebates), you have to why a less-practical, slower, arguably car should cost more?

And it looks goofy. Sorry.

It be unfortunate for the general public to their opinions of all electric on this one, however. The you have to take away all this is that this car is not of the rest of the fleet of EVs coming by Look to the Nissan Leaf if you to see what a modern electric car can be.

Don’t look at the limits of otherwise very practical scooter.

BARRY WINFIELD, EDITOR: I liked the Smart ED it first arrived. It was finished in a white and electric green with matching alloy and it looked very cheerful. was also something pleasing its back-to-basics operating mode.

No not much sound, with steering and intimate cabin People seemed to like the too, always smiling and or coming up to ask questions.

As a respite all the overequipped luxury cars had been passing through my this was a refreshing change. And the got around the suburbs perfectly It’s easy to beat dozy drivers off the line the lights change, and hardly any of accelerate vigorously, so you never overwhelmed.

Besides, when you on the pedal hard enough to go the click-down point, the Smart with reasonable alacrity.

The used in suburbia don’t tax the in any way, and you don’t feel you are getting in the way. It also more sense to run an EV for the short most people need to There’s no starting of a cold engine, or the period of high while it warms on a rich its catalysts not yet hot enough to light

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The Smart doesn’t care if cold or warm other its batteries not liking severely low It just sets off.

decent levels of convenience an adequate stereo, heat and intermittent wipers—one doesn’t deprived. And the range is acceptable for duties. We didn’t feel the to recharge every day, or every other day, and not because we were tracking from a full charge.

to traverse big, fast-moving among aggressive commuters is story. The Smart doesn’t much top end, and you are faced the choice of driving flat-out and rapid charge draw or getting in the way a lot. One trip up the 110 in Los in the rain was as good as it gets, many drivers actually down to the legal limit in the and the Smart suddenly isn’t the roadblock it can be at other times.

But in use, the freeway mainly you attention of a less friendly and kind.

However, it was while the affable attentions of some at Costco (where you can shop and your purchases in the Smart as as you buy no big items), when the honeymoon ended.

How much is that? asked, prompting us to search the pockets for the Munroney sticker always accompanies test


Um, 45, I answered, aghast at what I was

Forty-five hundred? they

No, 45 grand! I said, watching jaws drop open.

the bottom line is $45,000 for a that will do little than the NEVs that disparages in his report. That is just the number they use to the $599/month lease cost, but it is startlingly high.

The Smart ED may be but it’s an expensive expression of concern for upscale families to use it as a neighborhood runaround. For the rest of us not even worth contemplating.

Smart Fortwo ED Passion

Price: $45,587

As-Tested Price: $599/month for 48 months (=

Drivetrain: AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor

Output: 40 hp, 88.5

Curb Weight: 2,100 lb

0-60 mph: 22.3 ( AW )

Range: (EPA est./ AW ): miles

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