First Drive: 2013 Electric Smart ForTwo Vastly Improved from Previous Versions |

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First Drive: 2013 Smart ForTwo Vastly from Previous Versions

is the first to admit that the and second generation of all-electric ForTwosbuilt as prototypes rather mass-produced modelswere not up to par. 30 miles per hour, the small had embarrassingly weak acceleration, more than their of motor whine, and offered performance only suited to urban driving.

So Mercedes went back to the drawing for its third-generation Smart ForTwo ED. a new motor, battery pack, and electronics, the 2013 Smart ED is the small electric car Mercedes-Benz have made in the first

The Smart ForTwo ED is slightly wider, and longer than its sibling. That’s partly to make room for a sizable kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery on-board charger and power Despite its growth spurt, its proportions still feel

You’d have to put the new Smart ED side by side with a Smart to notice the difference.

there’s the usual accoutrements expect from a Smart including two well-proportioned seats, latest 6.5-inch in-car and GPS system, and cruise control. In of the tachometer and clock found in the smart’s center-mounted dash you’ll find a state of meter, and an economy gauge, how much instantaneous energy using or regenerating.

Like models, starting consists of a foot on the brake pedal, the large key into the floor-mounted switch next to the gear waiting for the car to complete its short routine, and selecting the desired of travel. Like all other cars on the market, the 2013 ForTwo ED has no conventional gearbox, it super-simple to drive.

Paddle-Controlled Regen

What the Smart ForTwo stand out is the use of paddle-shifters mounted on the steering to control the amount of regeneration. By the left paddle-shifter and engaging D- it’s possible to completely off regenerative braking on accelerator giving it the same coasting as GM’s famous EV1. A to the right engages the standard D which gives mild on launch.

Click the right paddle one more time, and D+ mode is In this mode, it’s braking as severe as that in cars like the Mini E and Roadster. making ‘one driving’ possible. It also the Smart ForTwo ED a really feel, especially on twisty roads.

Unlike previous of the Smart ForTwo ED, the 2013 ForTwothe first all-electric you can buyis freeway-capable. While 0-62 m.p.h. time is a on the slow side at 11.5 there’s enough torque the car’s 35-kW (55-kW on-board motor to keep the EV enthusiastic at highway speeds, to its top speed of 78 m.p.h. without a The accelerator is light and responsive, an almost go-cart like from the rear-wheel drive

In fact, on our brief 15-mile drive, we found ourselves to slow down at the top of the on-ramp to slower traffic. It’s a big from our freeway trip in a prototype Smart ForTwo resulted in big rigs bearing on our tiny car with menacing

Compared with the gasoline ForTwo, the 2013 Smart ED even handles better, to the low center of gravity caused by floor-mounted battery pack. The was a little on the heavy side at but in town the electrically-assisted rack-and-pinion was light and extremely easy to in and out of tight spaces.

And without an engine throbbing behind the driver’s back, the Smart ForTwo ED is the most of all Smart models, providing a comfortable ride. Cabin while a little louder cars like the Telsa S or Nissan LEAF. was certainly reduced compared to the gasoline making it a pleasure to drive on any

Range and Cost

The E.P.A. the 2013 Smart ForTwo a range of 68 miles per charge, at a 107 M.P.G.e. On our test however, with 20 percent of the pack our car still reported 67 miles of to go, despite spirited high-speed

Charging via a standard Level 2 should happen in around to ten hours, while Europeans get the option of a three-phase rapid capable of filling the battery to full in under an hour. that option isn’t to U.S. customers.

At $25,750 for the or $28,750 for the cabriolet variant incentives, the 2013 Smart is one of the most fun all-electric city you can buy today. Sure, it’s got two seats, but if you like your funky and agile, it’s to forget the two versions that before, and put the current generation ForTwo ED through its paces. The car officially went on sale in May

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