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2014 Smart ForTwo Drive: What It s Like On The

With minimal changes the model launched last as the least expensive electric car in the the 2014 Smart ForTwo Drive remains the smallest and plug-in electric car sold in the well as the only one offered as a

The two-seat electric Smart not only as a three-door hatchback but as a Cabriolet model with a cloth roof that can be back partway like a sunroof, or dropped all the way down to sit in a at the rear of the car just behind the s shoulders.

It may be winter now, but if you re open-air motoring when the sun want to keep it all-electric—the Electric Drive is your option.

2013 Smart ForTwo Drive Cabrio, Ann Arbor, Aug 2013

On the road, the electric of the Smart ForTwo is really the car should have been the start: smooth, relatively and fairly quick away stops because its electric develops maximum torque as as it begins to rotate.

It s a heavier at roughly 2,000 pounds, the gasoline Smart, but far smoother it dispenses with that car s automated manual gearbox and its electric power in one smooth

The 2014 Smart Electric has its 17.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery between the two layers of the sandwich

That means its weight is down low in the chassis, which the car handle well and corner

A full recharge if the battery is entirely depleted takes 6 using the car s onboard 3.3-kW and a 240-Volt Level 2 charging but recharging from 20 to 80 percent only 3.5 hours.

2013 Fortwo Electric Drive Quick Drive, May 2013


The (74-horsepower) electric drive powers the rear wheels, where the 1.0-liter three-cylinder of regular Smart cars be located.

The EPA rates the electric Smart s range at 68 miles—more than the i-MiEV s 62 miles, but less the 84 miles of the 2014 Nissan the best-selling battery-electric car in the U.S.

there s little difference the two cars if you avoid the $900 Green appearance package gives you a green-on-white color unique to the electric version.

the Smart s interior is now seriously and severe, although you ll find it for around-town use. The electric uses its two dash-top gauge for state-of-charge and power-delivery gauges to the battery-powered version.

There s of room inside, even for two well over six feet and both passengers sit relatively reducing the sense of being in a car.

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If you re not aware that the Smart less than 2 feet your back, it doesn t as small as it actually is—until you it in a space better suited to a than a car.

2013 Fortwo Electric Drive Quick Drive, May 2013

by its remarkably low lease price—$139 per if you opt for the Battery Assurance Plus program, as almost all customers electric Smart has sold in numbers given the small of the two-seat car market in the U.S.

sales of last year s began in May, Smart has to deliver a total of 923 electric roughly 10 percent of the 9,264 sold altogether.

If you choose not to lease, the electric s prices begin at $25,750 for the and $28,750 for the Cabriolet. Both are before any incentives, and include the delivery fee.

The current model is close to the end of its run, An all-new two-seat Smart will be introduced later year, the first complete of the iconic urban car in about 15

That model will to be offered in gasoline and electric (and perhaps a diesel for as well), and it will spawn models, including a four-seat ForFour and likely a very Smart crossover utility as well.

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