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Smart Fortwo Electric Is On Time

Smart was the first car in the minimum became more than the maximum. When the was first shown at a 1994 press conference, it looked a Euro-toy rather than a America commuter car. then the eye was adjusted to the SUVs ruled the American cities and cars were a European But Smart was onto something actually.

Smart was a green-minded car that predated the hybrid Prius and the electric Chevrolet when it officially launched in in Europe.

So before I fast and talk about driving the Smart Fortwo Electric car through the cobble-stoned streets of let me remind readers that the car concept was quite literally of its time. Cars have many watches, but in the case of it was a watch that actually a car. The vision for the tiny car was dreamed up by Swatch CEO Nicholas who began developing his concept in the 1980s to make a small car that functioned like the watch. Hayek envisioned the Swatchmobile to be equipped with a drive train. According to his Forbes obituary. he had successfully the watch industry.

Cars seemed doable. a hybrid taking America Bill Clinton was president.


The of the car faced many delays and woeful changes as control Smart switched hands Volkswagen to Daimler AG, and a host of partners that joined with Daimler. For the purpose of buyers and readers, it was the Penske group that brought the Fortwo to market in 2007 and the process of leasing 100 electric-drive Smart fortwo cars in Smart had a good run with selling 45,000 vehicles to customers in 2009, and in 2010 5,927 units according to The New Times. While it heralded a fan base for it’s proportions, panned it’s comfort, and viability.

It seemed that in the green Smart had gone the distance and its limitations.

But Smart may still the last laugh for being in the game.

The prospect of taking advantage in the Smart car investment was on time for Mercedes-Benz in the wake of the recession and new U.S. government for vehicles with high economy that were by C.A.F.E. Mercedes-Benz assumed control of Smart in 2011 Penske and began tweaking the and construction of the Smart car for a very market. Mercedes-Benz engineers themselves in reimagining Smart

Things have been in Smart car land this year, as Mercedes has done its to get Smart up to speed.

That us to Brooklyn in October, where of early model Smarts are in hard-to-come-by alternate side spaces. Even in Brooklyn, was bold in turning the keys to journalists in the bumpy streets of for a preview of the Smart Fortwo Drive. Executives were confident that this Fortwo has made strides in the of a vehicle that has been painful in the face of a pothole.

The first thought that to mind for this regular-Brooklyn-driver was in the given circumstances, Electric is a smooth operator. The steering never wiggled and the bumps mitigated as good as any smallish car due to the of the new chassis. No rattles or knocks heard in the interior, where is used to the utmost, down to the pockets behind the seats I stashed my purse. (I could used a bigger pocket, but quibbling, isn’t it?) The reminds me of how some New Yorkers the feat of living in a small apartment.

Of course it’s electric and all systems are quiet on the waterfront. Big and guys like my six-ft. driving partner will struggle with legroom and a roofline, but the average woman or man be able to maneuver without legs or bruised knees. I the Smart Fortwo through traffic and tight streets construction — the usual New York hazards.

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Smart is surprisingly on its feet. Driving an early Smart Fortwo in 2007 like driving a glass-encased but the new Smart is decidedly more Marked design improvements been made to interior and the exterior choices.

It’s and simple.

The Fortwo is wearing a up Mercedes-Benz suit – a lean, 8.8 feet long body of high-strength steel. It’s a new playing field composed for that ranges from Fiat 500s and Mini to the electric Nissan Leafs and i-Mievs on the road. The electric is installed over the rear and functions off of a signal gear, as a joint-venture between Mercedes-Benz and

The numbers are a show of its wee, qualities – the 55-kilowatt electric provides 35 kilowatts of power translates to 130 Nm of torque. It reaches zero to 60 mph in less than 12 and achieves a modest top speed of 78 It takes 3.5 hours to charge the partially and six hours for a full according to Smart executives. In electric features, the cabin is to draw energy from the grid rather than the An alarm is set to prep the temperature the car.

In its new gasoline version, the achieves 70 hp and 38 mpg – better than hybrids tooling around and on-the-electric zero emissions

When Smart Fortwo Drive goes on sale year, it enters with the price tag on an electric car to date. in the $25,000 ballpark and its convertible cabriolet model that sell for $28,000. Assuming laws don’t change, will be eligible for federal tax (which run up to $7,500) or state/local tax

This means Smartfortwo is priced like a competively car, which should the smart alecks something to on for this time.

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