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Test Drive: Smart Gets It Right with Electric Car

The electric Smart open top version

The latest from German automakers EVs have not been very Some people even their commitment to electric But after driving the latest Smart and meeting the people it, there’s no doubt.

It’s and that the manufacturer is very about it.

Some people may the first electric Smart as British-engineered, by specialist firm That’s over. Then, was the second generation. They more than 2,000 of with batteries coming Tesla Motors.

Done. The electric Smart is something new, and maybe more it’s something totally

Part of the fleet which was us, they don’t need a parking

The battery cells from Li-Tec. They are into packs by Deutsche a joint-venture between Evonik and the Daimler group (which both the Mercedes and Smart in a brand new factory. The electric is built by EM-motive, another this time between the Group and Bosch, its long partner. (There were parts in every Mercedes seen.) Like the batteries, motors are built in a brand new It would have been cheaper and faster to source in Asia, but they chose to an entire supply chain.

Their supply chain. is controlled or owned by the Daimler in Germany. All the parts are built by workers, and conceived by German This is commitment! I asked if could sell batteries to car manufacturers, and they said could happen.

It’s not a priority, though, but those are said to be excellent. They are the cells in the world with the ceramic SEPARION® high separator, which is said to them very long-lasting. I was they could last a with no additional wear fast-charging.

Of course, that is the We’ll see in 10 years, but Daimler’s are not known for overpromising.

Getting into the car, my thought was about the not very experience I had with the old electric I had driven it in moderate traffic and I had the surprise to find my right on the floor, only trying to up with traffic. This new is way better, and it took me only a few to find out. Manufacturer’s are 0 to 60 kph (37 mph) in 4.8 seconds and 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in seconds. Let’s say it has all the power for city driving and more.

The motor gives 55 kW and 96 lb-ft of Unimpressive values, but more adequate with that available right from RPM, and less than pounds on the scale. The electric is faster than a Mitsubishi and probably as fast as a Nissan at least in the city.

Top speed is at 75 mph, making it unfit for the but the Smart car has never been a

Interior of the electric Smart

The stores 17.6 kWh of energy and the says it should be good for 90 They’ve seen more 120 miles in internal testing, and with my spirited driving more than 60 miles. takes seven hours on a European wall socket, but can be down to one hour with the 22 kW charger.

Driving the car is a much experience than the standard gas which suffers from an gearbox, and a very noisy All the people who bought a gas Smart dream of such a smooth experience. The only thing is the ride quality, which can be at timesbut the gas model is like too. We imagine it’s to engineer a comfortable suspension a wheelbase so short, but the small is really an asset in the city. I was in to test drive this

I’ve parked and made which would have impossible in a normal car.

Smart running on renewables


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a lot of enthusiasm in Europe right now very small vehicles, the Renault Twizy. But those ask for many compromises, with performances and lack creature The electric Smart is not like It has a nice interior, and it’s roomy inside. It has two bucket but like an old car it doesn’t have a console, so it has more knee than say a Ford Focus.

The air works fine. It also has seats and a good radio. everything the average commuter want, and I’ll go as far as to say that electric Smart may be the most electric car I’ve ever

Let’s think about the Ford Focus. In Europe, possible to buy a diesel Focus has 700 miles of range for half the so it will be hard to sell. are used to long range for a car, but not so with the Smart. electric model is a gem because it so matches your expectations for it. It

I drove a Nissan LEAF and got out for more range and a bigger I had no complaints when I got out of the Smart. A ride would be nice, but no deal-breaker.

Range is quite at 90 miles, but nobody would a Smart to drive cross-country actually, some crazy do).

In Europe, Smart sells electric bikes

The question is price. Electric is 19,900 euros in Germany for the standard model, and 22,496 ($27,504) for the open top version not included). It’s possible to pay less by leasing the battery.

are down 15,890 and 18,486 ($19,427 and $22,601) but the customer pay 65 euros each month for the ($79). It sounds better to buy the car with the battery, but many are expected to lease the battery.

All the electric Smart cars been white and green so but other colors are available, and the car be sold worldwide (left- or drive), in 30 countries. First will begin this in Germany, U.S. will a bit later. Will it be successful? The car started 14 years ago, and it got results so far.

A few countries, Italy, are highly supportive of the but it deserves to win the world. There is no satisfying city car.

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