2013 Smart fortwo electric drive first drive 1 Autos MSN CA

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2013 Smart fortwo drive first drive

years on, smart finally its destiny

Berlin, Germany — disclaimer: Electric cars are not for the mainstream. They cost too Their range is too little. take too long to recharge.

And if the electricity used to recharge isn’t renewable, they’re not green, are they?

OK, now can we talk the Smart electric drive?

taken a while, but the reality of is finally starting to catch up the perception.

The first time we a fortwo on Canadian soil, a or so ago, it was the first one in the country — a demo car sent over to awareness and gauge public

The reaction was, well, Megan Fox riding around naked on a unicycle could not provoked more neck-snapping, thumbs-upping attention.

But here’s the although precious few of those Torontonians knew what were staring at, a good of them were sure it was kind of new electric car. And why The fortwo looks like it be electric.

Infernal combustion for the first decade


But they were wrong. though the fortwo was originally to be electric, it first came to in 1998 with a choice of or diesel engines. When the made its Canadian debut in we got only the diesel.

With the in Canada of the second-generation fortwo in a gasoline engine became the choice.

About the same though, back in Europe was finally dipping its first toe into EV waters. A test of 100 electric prototypes was released the streets of London, England, in When an updated electric in 2009, production was initially at 1,000 cars, but ended up at than 2,000, sold in 18

Canada got 16 of them, which to carefully selected private in a field trial overseen by Hydro.

Building on what was from those cars, the electric Smart will be a production model. Smart is taking orders now for first next spring.

Smart electric drive

At $26,990 (or for the cabriolet) the Smart electric will displace the Mitsubishi as the lowest-priced electric car in Canada; its competitors, the Smart qualifies for rebates — up to $5,000 In B.C. in Quebec and $8,500 in Ontario.

household socket won’t cut it

Jeremy Sinek

You’ll likely need to for a 240-volt wallbox charger, on Canada’s 110-volt household a full recharge would about twice as long as the hours (or six hours with a wall box) claimed in where 220 (not 240) is standard. Then you should up with a renewable-electricity provider as Bullfrog Power if you want to you’re driving emissions-free.

surprisingly, feedback from electric-drive users did not include any desire for more driving Almost half of respondents drove fewer than 10 km per and 90 per cent fewer than 60 km. By its nature, any Smart is so obviously a car that most users the previous 135-km claimed more than ample.

What gen-two users did was more speed — a higher top end the previous 100 km/h, as well as acceleration in the higher speed and faster recharging.

Hence the new gets only a small in battery capacity (now kWh) and driving range 145 km) but a significantly more powerful motor, up from 30 kW to 55 kW peak. The is to trim the 0-60-km/h time 6.5 to 4.8 seconds and slash the 0-100-km/h from 26.7 (!) to 11.5 Top speed is now 125 km/h.

Presumably, drivers who regularly indulge in the glory of the performance above 60 won’t achieve anything to the claimed 145-km range.

Continued: Roaming the range

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