Smart Fortwo Electric Drive (secondgeneration model) Road Tests …

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Smart electric drive

By David Wilkins


Of all the cars in production, the Smart Fortwo is the most obvious candidate for to electric drive. Its upright allows an electric motor and to be accommodated under the floor eating into passenger or space, while it is typically for short urban journeys, means that the main associated with today’s technology, limited range, is less likely to be a concern it is with cars subject to a varied pattern of use.

with their petrol and driven counterparts, electric also offer snappy from rest, but can run out of puff a bit at speeds, a profile better urban use than long Finally, while the CO2 emission of electric cars are disputed – the is shifted from the tailpipe to the station, rather than altogether – the absence of exhaust means local air quality benefits from the introduction of vehicles (EVs), an advantage to be felt most keenly in the areas that are the Smart’s territory.

Given all that, it’s frustrating that it’s so long for a full production of the Smart Fortwo Electric to make it onto the market, but it that this goal is now in Smart conducted extensive trials from 2007 a battery-powered version of the Fortwo, these were carried out first generation versions of the car the current second-generation model had been introduced, and used chloride batteries rather the lithium-ion technology that is adopted by the rest of the industry.

though, there is an electric of the second-generation car, with batteries, that has been in production since November year and will be tested in 15 in a trial involving 1500 the first UK participants have had their cars for a few weeks.

I recently had the chance to drive new electric Smart on a short in Germany, and it appears to live up to its Initial acceleration is lively, and the motor is smooth and quiet, handling seems to be largely by any changes to the level or distribution of compared with the standard at least at urban speeds.

pleasant aspect of the Smart Drive is that it does the rather hesitant semi-automatic that is used in the petrols and and instead delivers its power in a steady stream when

Some other EVs, as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Mini E, as if they have even acceleration than the Smart, but if those cars appear to a surfeit of power, given the of use to which they are likely to be and most people who have them tend to ask whether a of that performance couldn’t be for range instead, which be more useful.

The interior of the second-generation Fortwo Drive is very similar to of the standard car, apart a couple of dials that the driver monitor battery The battery is charged via a socket is accessed via what would be the flap on the diesel and petrol versions.

One optional feature is likely excite plenty of is an intelligent electric drive app for the which provides information on such battery charge and and the location of nearby charging The app itself costs only a few but the full Smart Drive which includes the bracket for the iPhone to the Smart’s is rather

The Fortwo Electric Drive like a finished product but go on general sale until Smart will have no convincing buyers that it – and works well. A bigger will be getting the financial to add up, both for the customers and the company; technology is expensive and that EVs are expensive too.

Manufacturers and have been willing to the sector to some extent but the new government in the UK is taking a more line than its predecessor, an element of uncertainty as well. A has also erupted in the trade alternative financing models for in particular over the possibility of batteries separately from the to which they are fitted.

I haven’t the faintest idea a Smart Fortwo Electric will cost when it goes on general sale in the UK and I the company itself isn’t wiser.

The Smart Fortwo Drive is probably, along the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the most EV adaptation of an existing production I suspect that it is no coincidence the standard versions of these share a similar mechanical with the engines mounted low between the rear wheels, it easier to slot in the electric in its place without eating passenger and luggage space, the badly compromised – in this at least – Mini E, which its back seat completely the EV conversion process.

But the technology is rapidly and several new cars, as the Nissan Leaf, designed as EVs from the ground up, are on their Smart will need to be if it is going to stay ahead or keep up

Smart Fortwo Electric (second-generation model)

Price: N/A vehicle, general availability 2012)

Propulsion technology: motor powered by 16.5 kW h battery pack

Claimed 135km (approx. 84 miles) to NEDC (New European Cycle) standard

Power: = 41 horsepower (PS)

Torque: 120 metres

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