Test Drive Smart Fortwo Electric

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Test Drive: Smart Electric

Brooklyn, N.Y. – As an car virgin, I wasn’t quite what to expect when let me test-drive the Fortwo Electric on the of Brooklyn in June.  For that I had never driven a Smart, nor in so it was going to be a day of many firsts.

I I should get some exposure to the gas first so I could compare it the Electric.  With my friend Arv we headed down the crowded in the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet bikes, pedestrians and the dreaded drivers.  The Smart was the perfect car, allowing us to thread traffic and around parked trucks.

  Before long, I felt a native hollering at dumb and shaking my fist out the open top.  Later in the day, Arv learned some new hand


With its upright seating the Smart provides a good of traffic and other obstacles.  The three-cylinder engine is responsive plenty of power for this of driving, but the smartshift transmission has a bit of a curve.  It’s an automated transmission that can be shifted using a clutch; in fact, is no clutch pedal.

  The driver can shift manually or the transmission in drive and it shifts but it’s not the smoothest shifts.

The accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 12.8 it has a top speed of 90 mph and the EPA fuel economy is at 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

The Fortwo vehicle is a Smart alternative, and was my at least for city driving. The Fortwo was planned more 20 years ago when Daimler was the original Smart concept.  envisioned the need for alternate and factored the integration of electric components into the original

A 16.5 kW lithium-ion battery a 30 kW drive motor.  The battery about three and one half to charge from 20 to 80 percent and less than eight to charge completely using a 220V outlet.  The battery can be charged from a standard household plug, but it does longer.

  The charging is done a 3.3-kW onboard charger, meets the recently approved SAE standardized charging socket

The Electric has a top speed limited to 62 which takes about 15 to reach from zero

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Turning the key to start the Electric does nothing noticeable, but I hear some electronic and the gauges activated.  The tachometer and which are in two pods mounted on the of the gas powered Smart, are replaced by a meter and ammeter that the amount of energy being or generated when the vehicle is or stopping.  The former gas gauge the battery level.

Pull the into drive, press the and the Smart goes – smoothly and There is no transmission so there are no shifts, and almost no noise than a slight whine the engine.  Removing pressure the accelerator causes the car to slow, a feeling of mild braking.

  It’s so quiet, it was easy to up on pedestrians, but that’s another

Smart is distributed in the United through a subsidiary of Penske Group, Inc.  Plans for a fleet of 250 Electric Fortwos to be across the country starting fall.  The cars will be into cities showing leadership and those with of Energy grants.

  They go mostly into fleets of key municipalities and organizations “making a statement on conservation and environmental Production for private parties is to begin in 2012 as a 2013 year car.

For more information visit or www.Penskeautomotive.com.

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