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Electric smart car has a shocking

The smart fortwo electric car in early 2013 will at $26,990 for the coupe (shown) and for the cabriolet. Several provinces substantial rebates such as with $8,500 that the price to $18,490 for the coupe and for the cabriolet.

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Germany: I have no qualms the 2013 fortwo electric is the handling, riding and performing car I have ever driven.

as good as it is, the question is whether are ready to rethink their options now that there is an car under $30,000 and as low as $18,490 in or $21,990 in B.C.

Priced at for the two-seat coupe or $29,990 for the the answer will come in 2013 when the two newest on the block start arriving in Canada showrooms.

With an Ontario provincial rebate, it the coupe/cabriolet price to $18,490 and respectively. In British Columbia the province offers a $5,000 pricing would be $21,990 and Quebec offers an $8,000

In fairness, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at $32,998, the Nissan LEAF at and the Ford Focus at $41,199 the same government rebates.

the i-MiEV, LEAF and Focus seating for up to five while the is strictly for two, hence the name.

The interior of the 2013 fortwo electric is almost to the standard car except for the gauges. the holder on the centre stack for an which can be used as a trip and even has a “car finder”

Insiders at smart call the version the Gen-3.

Previewed the world’s automotive press in this third iteration on the has all the bugs worked out and is ready to put a new electric face on the smart

Those who have previously the Gen-2 version, told me new smart is night and day better what had gone before.

From my standpoint, the acceleration is, electrifying no pun intended.

Put your foot down and the little almost leaps away a traffic light. Thanks due to the weight saving efforts of engineers (coupe 900 kg, cabriolet, 920 kg) but to the 96 lb/ft of torque which, electric, it reaches peak immediately.

Another thing is the banding” of the CVT transmission of the gasoline is gone. Power is on tap all the time and all the way up and the swing of the speedo needle.

In the smart, the engine is basically behind your behind so it can be with the windows up. The fortwo is a nearly silent runner only a faint whine of the electric motor heard, and then under full

With a 175 kg lithium-ion battery the floorboards, it helps lower the of gravity which aids

Cargo volume for the electric of the smart fortwo is unchanged at 220 beneath the cargo cover and 340 removed.

Already pretty nimble, the can literally be flicked around which my co-driver did more once in downtown Berlin.

As the battery is lithium-ion consisting of 92 in three modules with a of 17.6 kWh. With the motor, there is 35 Kw of maximum and 130 Nm (95 lb/ft) of torque. Maximum is 55 kW or 74 hp.

Acceleration time from km/h is 4.8 seconds and 0-100 is 11.5 seconds. That in a top speed of 125 km/h and range of up to 145 km of course, on driving technique.

But we come to the issue of charging.

If you use a 110-volt outlet in your you are looking at 10 or more hours to

The smart does comes an onboard 230-volt charger

You are better to pay for and install a 230-volt that can recharge the vehicle in hours. Or you can pay for a special wallbox takes about six hours to up. Cost has not been settled yet for but in Europe it is about $1,300-$1,500.

Brabus, the performance partner of offers a “hot rod” of the fortwo electric in a wide of colours and extra equipment.

The option is a three-phase 400-volt with no cost factor mentioned but it won’t be cheap.

But shelling out for the wallbox, the cost of is reasonable.

To travel 100 km, smart it would take about kHw. Check you hydro and it will give you a pretty idea of operating costs.

with the engineers, I asked drawing power from sources other than the such as windmills and solar Basically, the smart is happy no where or how the charge is delivered.

it would be nowhere near as as a 230-volt wallbox, having power from a roof-mounted panel would probably to keep the battery topped up the car is not in use, especially if you don’t use it much.

The fortwo electric is nicely including standard air conditioning and it can be from a computer or smart

Sticking up on top of the instrument panel are two gauges. One shows battery while the other clocks used and regenerated.

And smart has an app for the

In concert with Apple, is a smart drive app for the iPhone the it into a trip computer. In to the usual hands-free calling and music, there is also a finder” function that the owner back to his/her car if become lost.

When it to charging, the car can be connected to the internet, the owner to use a computer to set when the car is to be and the duration.

The smart fortwo is another major step towards the electrification of personal becoming mainstream.

With this car, the and the escooter coming in 2014, company it proving going is the smart thing to do.

smart electric 2013 at a glance

STYLE: three-door, two-seat,

DRIVE METHOD: rear rear-wheel-drive

ENGINE: Magneto-electric for combined 74 hp (55 kW), 96 lb/ft Nm) of torque


CARGO: litres

PRICE: Coupe cabriolet, $29,990 before rebates where applicable


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