Preview 2013 Smart Electric Drive Driving

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Preview: 2013 Smart Drive


Berlin, — The differences between the second- and Smart electric drive and, please, no Viagra here!) are manifold. Along a brighter visage, LED daytime lights, state of charge/power gauges in place of the tachometer and and the ability to program the car through an app comes the most meaningful — a much-needed boost in performance.

The model’s electric motor a meager 41 horsepower, which an agonizingly slow run to 100 kilometres an — 23 seconds! The third generation and its new motor bumps the horsepower to 74 and ups the torque output by seven to 96. The increased urgency delivered by the new chops the run to the metric ton to 11.5

More importantly, it has much zip when boogying about — the electric drive runs rest to 60 km/h in 4.8 seconds, is 1.7 seconds faster than

The electric motor delivers its in two stages. Under normal it puts out 47 hp. However, if the driver through the detent at the bottom of the pedal’s travel, the system into “kickdown” mode and all 74 hp. The strategy is designed to conserve electrons under normal conditions yet give the driver the pep it is actually needed.

The difference the new makes to the overall driving is enormous — it proved to be more capable of handling the cut and thrust of bustling streets.

Another of the improvements is the inclusion of creep. In the car, the driver had to roll the accelerator to get the Smart moving. made it tough in stop-and-go because the application had to be precise. The of creep now allows the driver to off the brake and edge forward in the same manner as in a regular car an automatic.

It also eases the chore of the Smart into a tight

All of the changes make for a very driving experience. As peak turns up at Rev One, the fortwo drive feels surprisingly In an urban setting, it works well because it is more capable of staying with the of traffic. It is also eerily — the only real noise is the that emanates from the motor. This could be an as pedestrians and cyclists alike are of the Smart’s presence until actually see it.

The kicker is that a generator is an option — it should be

Recharging the battery, itself new, is still an overnight (seven hours) using a charger. Once fully the Smart electric drive a 145-km driving range. The is a must, as it takes between 14 and 17 to recharge the battery using a 110-volt outlet.

When the Smart is plugged in, an iPhone app that allows the to — among a host of other — set the charging parameters and pre-heat or the cabin. The latter removes an load from the battery. the driver leaves in the morning, it is now maintaining the interior temperature and not the initial heating or cooling.

it comes to the ride and handling, the electric drive again On the brief test route, it than managed to hold its own the sea of beige taxis that Berlin. The suspension keeps the of body roll well acceptable limits and the electrically steering delivers decent — certainly better than other all-electric systems.

In the the handling and power increase the Smart electric drive is impish in its driving demeanour its gasoline-powered sibling.

Of course, the electric version the regular car’s electronic control system and anti-lock The latter do, however, operate The first level of braking is by the electric motor. The regenerative is used to charge the battery on the road, which helps to the driving range.

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If the driver more stopping power the motor can provide on its own, the hydraulic system kicks in. for the brake pedal feel — it is far artificial than that of electric/hybrid vehicles.

The Smart electric drive really is an car without compromise. The fact it was envisioned as an electric car has eased its from gas to electric. Yes, it is 150 kilograms heavier than its gas but that’s the extent of it.

A big part of the is the top speed is now capped at 125 km/h, means highway driving is a real possibility — the previous was capped at 100 km/h. However, the Smart electric drive flourishes is in an urban environment. It is has the ability to turn on a dime and can be in impossibly tight spaces.

The Smart electric drive on sale in Canada in the spring of The Coupe will be priced at while the Cabriolet commands — both prices are subject to any rebates offered.


The Smart ebike eases the chore by helping to propel the at speeds up to 25 kilometres an hour a 423-kWh battery and an electric With a fully charged the ebike delivers an assist of 100 km. A rubber drive belt the dreaded oily chain and it has a USB which allows a smartphone to be and used as a navigation system other things.

It also regenerative braking and several of rider assist. Being an fan of a sedentary lifestyle, I only a short distance, but it worked to the I could actually ride one … while dreaming perhaps. the road, there will be a scooter — it looks like a modern Vespa.

All that’s needed is a greener Cooper, the lead in Quadrophenia, a parka and you have an electric

— Graeme Fletcher

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