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Smart ForTwo Electric Car Review

As an alternative to a Flux / Fusion fueled Delorean, drive or EV vehicles make a lot of to me. Despite being an EV fanboy recent buyer of a vintage golf cart), most of my was based on theory rather hands-on-the-wheel / foot-on-the-pedal experience. The of experience with EV has more to do a severely underrepresented Electric market here in the US, rather a lack of interest. For more on topic, be sure to check out Who the Electric Car (where you can also out about the very cool new Revenge of the Electric Car ). After of the US EV fleet was sent off to the crusher, just haven t been a lot of Vehicle options to choose That s about to change, and the ForTwo Electric Drive is one of the 100% electric vehicles to hit the US

I ve had the chance to drive a Smart Electric Drive on several now. Is it viable? Is it a pint-sized Should you buy (lease) one? on for my detailed review.

Unlike golf carts, the Smart Electric offers you most of the features you find in their smog-spewing counterparts. Air Conditioning and come standard. But don t those use a ton of

According to Smart, This on the use of the heating and air conditioning and the outside However, the power electronics the heating and air conditioning so as to minimize the on the battery. I translate that to if you re driving a Smart ForTwo Drive in Phoenix in August or in January, you re totally screwed. For urban/suburban hops, the Smart should keep you comfy immediately depleting the battery. I run the heater and the AC at various times and them both functional, but not a blast of super-heated or frosty

I couldn t perceive a huge in battery depletion with on, but they obviously take toll on battery life. The drive also comes power steering, so you won t need to your car into that parking spot. The Smart I drove was equipped with a center console which navigation and music.

I found the distractingly bright for night but it s otherwise well-placed and handy.

The ForTwo electric drive has a albeit utilitarian interior. The dials felt a little to me, and the dial for directing air is a bit hard to with its 360 degrees of settings. The is in its typical location, but felt a cheap in construction. My biggest with the interior is with the view mirror. Although the isn t giant, I found it took up a chunk of my windshield real

Depending on road incline/decline, and own height, you may find the mirror in way.

Appearance Style

By I think most of us anywhere are pretty accustomed to seeing cars driving around. people love them, hate them. The Electric Smart fortwo models I drove all sported contemporary and a techie, San Diego-friendly blue and paint scheme.

The only eye-catching style components the wheels on these particular I don t mean eye-catching in a good way The wheels look like you d find on a trailer or possibly a lawn tractor.

I suspect the choice was a budget and practicality for San Diego s rental fleet. from the ugly wheels, the Electric Drive has clean and a nice, understated style.

My Driving Impressions

With a MPH electronically limited top speed, you can say to speeding tickets on the freeway.

The high torque of the E-motor is available which provides for initial acceleration. The smart electric drive has no gearshift and to 60 km/h in 6.5 seconds.

Notice s 60 Kilometers per hour (not per hour). Let s just say you won t be winning any and Furious street races in the Car. Despite acceleration doesn t exactly press you your seat, the Smart car is fun to drive around urban It s nimble, turns on a dime, and to have plenty of traction its speed limitations.

If you are looking to around corners with a of tire smoke behind immediately stop reading and go check out Tesla s offerings. The drive s ride handling is and with the short wheel speed bumps and dips at speed may require a chiropractor

The smart fortwo electric can be charged on a 110v or 220v It takes just 3.5 hours on a outlet to charge from 20% to 80% of For those who will drive the more aggressively, there are charging solutions available SPX. Details can be found at (*Will vary based on temperature).

It s not an SUV but the Smart fortwo can groceries

Are you like most s who like to haul giant TV s, home improvement supplies and small children around? If so, the fortwo isn t for you. The storage of this vehicle is understandably to not much beyond a few bags of The hatchback has a fold down which makes loading and a very simple task.

everything is so compact, you also won t yourself straining and leaning In a Smart car, just everything is within arms

From the Smart FAQ;

Q: vehicles barely make any Does this present a for other road users if the isn t heard as it approaches?

A: Unlike vehicles with engines, electric vehicles produce any driving/motor noise. this may make it less to be heard, every road has an obligation to adopt a suitable style to ensure that road users are not put at risk. includes full visual of other vehicles.

In addition, any other car, the smart drive can brake and evade situations.

I love the like any car, the smart electric can brake and evade. line. s for those of you that might been under the impression Smart cars lacked or a steering wheel. The Smart Electric has an exterior that is to a normal Smart ForTwo.

So, if you do get in a fender bender, presumably body panels and exterior should be more available if everything was unique to the electric

Smart ForTwo Electric Stats

The smart fortwo drive vehicles utilize a 30 kW motor that is completely by a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. a standard 220V outlet, it only three and a half to charge the battery from 20 to 80 of its capacity and less than hours to fully charge it. The may also be charged using a household 110V outlet.

like the MPG fuel economy of an electric vehicle s range on a charged battery depends on patterns and environmental conditions. The fortwo electric drive is for city use. In an urban at warm temperatures, the smart electric drive can achieve up to 98 on a full charge according to the EPA LA4 test cycle.

In combined and highway driving, the U.S. EPA the range on the smart fortwo drive to be 63 miles.

The battery system constantly monitors electricity and temperature to reduce of battery overload. The battery automatically powers down to a 10 kW below a 5 percent state of and at extremely high temperatures.

Thanks to the power characteristic of the motor, the smart fortwo drive only needs a fixed gear ratio. The motor s direction of rotation to drive in reverse.

The average spot provides room for 2 or 3 cars

This is one area the Smart ForTwo (gas or really shines. You know awkward moment when you ahead of an open spot and you a line of stressed-out, urban behind you, all of them attention to everything but their Despite signaling well in half the time you can t even into your spot one of them has snuggled right up to rear bumper. I spotted an spot in a busy part of San and rather than back in, I right into the spot forward (something I d almost attempt with a full car). The car is insanely easy to

Once I pulled into the it was so roomy I felt like I have parked three cars there. Parking the Smart car is about as good as it

If the promo video below is any I m pretty sure Smart is to young and very urban Rural, nursing-home dwellers not apply. If you know what is and spend almost all of your time within about a 15 radius, then you might be a candidate for the Smart ForTwo Drive.

More importantly, see if video speaks to you.

s iPod-esque Promo Video

ForTwo Electric Drive Pricing

According to Smart s their Electric Drive Are available for lease now. You may your local smart for more information. Smart s conventionally-fueled (gas) models are for lease with around down and anywhere from $99 to on a three year lease. To get in with your nearest dealer, try the Smart Dealer

I contacted our Smart dealer in San Diego and found out some interesting information on both the Smart ForTwo Electric models and a soon to be released 3 model. According to the person I with, only 250 of the current electric drive vehicles made available to the public in San Diego, and all 250 were leased However, a consumer model will be available for outright is tentatively set to release in about months (that s roughly of 2012). When I asked the model name, I was told it still be a Smart ForTwo Drive, differentiated as a Generation

Smart ForTwo Electric Generation Three Coming

The Smart rep I talked with me that San Diego s Car2Go paid $46,000 per vehicle for the generation cars and that the new 3 version would sell for less than that. a soon to be available Tesla S Sedan (which will do in under six, seats adults plus two kids and have a range of 160-300 starts at $49,900, I have to say the reportedly paid by Car2Go like a complete insanity. My for Smart s sake is that the new Three sells for a whole lot than $46,000, otherwise can expect to be spanked by just every other pure car coming on the market.

The smart rep t have any concrete stats for me to on the new Generation Three, but he said the new would have a 80 MPH top speed and a range. While the longer would be a very welcome I m not sure I d feel entirely at 80 MPH in a Smart car. A little top speed would be handy for rare occasions where you need to pass someone

The Smart ForTwo Electric is the nicest, safest, fastest, sportiest, most stylish, best-handling, easiest to park cart I have ever OK, so it s not technically a golf cart. I pay $46,000 for one? No way.

In fact, I wouldn t buy one at all given it s limitations (particularly interior and range). To me, the Smart ForTwo Drive in it s current form is a step above a Neighborhood Vehicle (NEV) like the Gem but is still a far cry for a gas vehicle replacement for people. However, if you re a city with a very short and you have a second car or rarely/never to drive more than 20 or 30 away, the Smart ForTwo Drive is worth considering, if the upcoming Generation Three a few shortcomings. Or, if you re in a place like San with a Car2Go service, you find the service a great if you just need a convenient for occasional short trips. I ll be a detailed review on San Diego s service soon as well.

the revenge of the electric car is here (on DVD and in life), it s still a little off when it comes to a healthy of options people will consider replacing their gas with. But the electric car marketplace is rapidly, and some big players are fortunes on its success.

For more on the Smart ForTwo Electric check out this Smart which includes a company or visit s Electric Overview .

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