First drive review Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Review Autocar

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First drive review: Fortwo Electric Drive

is it?

Electric Smart Fortwos appeared in 2007 and have two development phases so far, yet been no showroom version of a car begging for electric propulsion.

But five years of testing over 2000 cars, loaned to real-world users, is ready to sell a Fortwo EV in third, upgraded iteration.

It is performance that improves as demonstrated by a 0-62mph time falls from a sleepy to a sparky 11.5sec.

What is it

You certainly feel the difference, the tearing away with zeal to excite when darting along urban

User feedback also improved motorway performance and charging, while the discovery drivers averaged 25 miles lead to no more than a six mile range gain to 90

The extra power comes a new motor developed under a joint venture called rising dramatically from to 74bhp while torque to 96lb ft from 89lb ft.

Smart was happy with the collaboration that produced electric Fortwos incidentally, the UK doesn’t manufacture in high The nickel-cobalt-manganese lithium-ion battery in seven hours rather eight from a domestic and can now be fast-charged in an hour.

Driving this Smart is easy and pleasingly free of the gearchanges that afflict Fortwos. Sinking the throttle surprising thrust, and it’s no eager when you’re along at 30-50mph and need a of go.

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Motorways are less stressful now it tops 78mph rather 62mph, although they’re not its habitat.


Drawbacks? The ride can get choppy and the £52 battery lease price steep.

Should I buy one?

But if you can a £5000 government subsidy, be paying £10k for a chic, and practical zero-emission city car battery fees apart, cost little to run.

you can have a Yaris hybrid puts out similar emissions on a basis, that’s speedily and seats four, but this Smart is the most credible electric yet.

Smart Fortwo Electric

Price . £15,300 est; . 11.5sec; Top speed . 78mph; . NA; C02: Zero; Recharge standard domestic supply . 7 Range . 90 miles; Kerbweight . Engine . Electric; Power . max, 47bhp continuous; . 96lb ft; Gearbox . Single

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