2013 Smart electric drive first drive impressions Digital Trends

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First Drive: Smart’s ‘ED’ can’t get it up (to speed) quickly

Fans of electric rejoice, another EV has hit the market.

The Electric Drive (or ED ) represents the of smart’s popular fortwo sweeper. Only now, in of a gasoline engine, there s a (73hp) electric motor by Daimler and Bosch.

I recently had a to take the smart ED on a brief through the streets of Portland, and found that for a car labeled as the ED sure makes a lot of sense.

start with the electric and battery since those are the additions to the smart ED.

Because is essentially an exact replica of the version inside and out, I was as to where Daimler would fit kWh lithium-ion battery. Thankfully, it right between the rear and doesn’t diminish any cargo or space, a rare trait when gasoline-powered cars get an EV

As for the electric motor, it’s of churning out 35 kilowatts of continuous The smart ED also features a mode, where the motor out 55 kilowatts for up to a two-minute burst. to smart, the ED can sprint from to 60 mph in less than 12 seconds, but I able to verify this my drive on city streets.

And because the smart ED sports a speed transmission, there is no for shifting, simply put the car in drive and go.

at the numbers, the electric motor out 96 pound-feet of torque and 76 horsepower those two minute bursts. Top is rated at 78 mph but my drive route me from truly mashing on the pedal.

While I wasn’t to put it through its paces entirely, I did to escape the confines of Smart’s drive route, heading behind downtown to Portland’s West Hills.

Most assume that EVs suffer it comes to performance and handling but not always the case and I didn’t that way at all while driving the ED. Acceleration was smooth and perky to the instant torque on hand all EVs seem to possess. And there was a sense of speed (albeit a one) when shooting out of

Perhaps what I like about the ED and by extension smart in general is that feeling of behind the wheel of a go-kart. is lively and the little EV had no problem its wheels planted during corners.

Whizzing and weaving by cars, trucks, and Portland’s of cyclists was made even pleasing knowing I wasn’t any gasoline or contributing any carbon

Size doesn’t always but where the Smart’s, uh… shortcomings most evident was how poorly it uneven roads. On smoother the Smart EV is buttery, on bumpier its small frame soaks up like a greased-up mop.

batteries are the go-to variety for for a number of reasons: they faster, they perform and they typically last than other types, so no surprise smart uses in the electrified fortwo.

Smart the ED’s battery is capable of 122 city MPGe (miles per equivalent). The EPA has rated the EVs total at 76 miles during city however, smart is adamant 90 miles is just as realistic on driving conditions (and right foot).

Like the Mitsubishi i and Fiat the Smart ED employs a regenerative system that captures lost during braking and it right back to the battery in to replenish its charge.  Using the momentum, the electric motor like a generator, slowing the car and sending 30 kilowatts back the battery.

While some braking systems have a to feel intrusive – either by acceleration and jerking the car back – the smart EDs goes almost

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Of course, charging times are as important as total range. The electric offers two methods of either through a standard 1 110-volt household socket or a Level 2 outlet. Again I verify charging times but says it will take six using a Level 2 outlet and than double that a Level 1.

Inside the Smart ED feels spacious. As I mentioned earlier, the doesn’t suffer because of the placement nor did I ever feel I was driving inside a giant can. Of course the smart – of its drivetrain – won’t accommodate hauls, meaning a couple of bags (organic, right?) are about all it will carry.

As for the interior’s it’s decidedly low on excitement. would describe it as minimal others would say sterile. are correct but I prefer meeting in the middle.

Like the smart exterior, which looks a caricature of larger cars on the the interior is wrought with exaggerated panels, thick of material, and goofy gauges. It be everyone’s cup of tea but it works in the confines of the smart fortwo is: an eccentric car for people that don’t or need a “traditional” set of wheels and are not by their ego.

I didn’t get of chancee to fiddle with the fortwo’s navigation or onboard but potential buyers will be to know it’s all there. A touchscreen sits flush the dash and center console, leads me to wonder why Fiat have done the same with their 500e.

The touchscreen is included in the smart sound system and provides GPS with hands-free Bluetooth. In to hands-free calling, the smart ED offers Bluetooth audio as well as support for iPod/USB There is even support for an SD that allows videos and to be displayed directly through the

While the electric Fourtwo is a unique car in its own right, Smart is sure customers have of options available to personalize even further. Because of the panels that make up the exterior, drivers can swap colors in and out; create own decals, and even design own wraps. Smart says the are near limitless and it sure that way.

What’s the smart ED is the only convertible car on the market. The cabriolet features a automatic soft top that at any (reasonable) speed.

Of course, is always going to be a concern electrified vehicles, which is why is undoubtedly proud it can tout its fortwo as the most affordable EV on the The smart electric coupe for $25,000 while the cabriolet at $28,000, excluding federal and tax incentives.

While the Smart ED might not the range of a Tesla Model S or the appointments of a Nissan Leaf. for lifestyles that it does it’s shaping up to be quite the option. Indeed, I just how fun it was to drive and even venturing the confines of the city didn’t to matter much for this electric car.

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