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Smart electric drive

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Availability

Good things come to those who wait, and we’ve had to wait more than seven years to get our hands on a readily available electric Smart. The first two generations were only available to corporate and municipal clients – airports, security services etc. – but the latest iteration is available for anyone to either buy with a battery rental contract or simply to buy outright. In the terms of cost, the ForTwo ED undercuts similarly small rivals such as the Citroen i-MiEV but there’s one thorn in its side: the Renault ZOE.


The ZOE is a little larger than the ForTwo ED, seating four rather than two, and goes further on a single charge.

Nevertheless, in many ways an electric drivetrain is the perfect method of propulsion for the neat, nimble and thoroughly urban-centric ForTwo.

Much to like

The Smart is very simple to use, which is excellent news because it’s easy to contaminate a relaxing electric drivetrain with poor controls and ergonomics. As well as being straightforward and intuitive, the amount of space in the ForTwo is a genuinely pleasant surprise. Charging – which takes 6 or seven hours – is uncomplicated, too, and a power cable stored in the (again) surprisingly big boot connects the battery up to the mains.

The driving experience is where the ForTwo ED wins you over. It’s fast off the mark and acceleration is beautifully smooth in comparison to its combustion-engined siblings, which come fitted with one of the worst gearboxes in automotive history. We didn’t immediately find the Smart’s kick-down option (much like a traditional automatic), which frees up 74hp and prompts the tiny EV to take off down the road at a shocking rate. It’s designed for situations where you need a quick getaway – a busy junction, for example.

Front visibility is excellent and the Smart feels suitably small on the road, steering precisely with the weight of the car’s 17.5kWh battery keeping it anchored to the tarmac and stiff suspension staying on top of body roll. On the subject of ride: The Fortwo ED is firm – uncomfortably so – on worn roads.

Little to dislike

Smart electric drive

Acceleration may be brisk but travelling at higher speeds and frequent use of the ‘boost’ function will drain the Smart’s battery in short order. Given than maximum range in ideal conditions is only around 90 miles, drivers will have to show restraint. This isn’t always easy as the Smart has an infectious personality.

Overall the interior is a pleasant place to be, but is let down by the quality of the plastics and fit-and-finish in places. It’s obvious that money has been spent elsewhere and, as the Fortwo ED will never be a car for long journeys, this is only a small problem.

Good things; small packages

In terms of price and packaging, the Smart Fortwo ED sits in between the Renault Twizy and Nissan’s LEAF. Compromises come with its tiny footprint, but being able to park on a whim and zip down narrow city streets are advantages that the Nissan can’t match.

Smart offer a four-year (or 50,000 miles) warranty on the battery but after than you’re on your own. Alternatively, buyers will be able to lease the battery for a monthly fee of £55 in the UK and, although not yet confirmed, for a similar price in the USA. Should you lease the battery, not only is the ForTwo ED cheaper to buy in the first place but Smart will replace the battery should it fail or drop below a certain level of efficiency

2013 smart fortwo electric drive Richard Lane 2013-05-04 3.6 It’s third time lucky for an electric Smart but worth the wait. Aggressively priced and engaging to drive, the ForTwo Electric Drive exists as a bridge between the worlds of utilitarian electric mobility (Renault’s Twizy) and more considered electric cars that aim to replace conventional vehicles (the Nissan LEAF). Although let down slightly by a range of just 87 miles, that isn’t enough to put us off this electric reinterpretation of a modern classic.

Smart electric drive
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