Quick Spin: 2011 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive | Fox News

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Is the Electric Smart. Smarter?

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As if having to deal all of those tiny little from Smart snagging possible parking space you#8217;re not around wasn#8217;t annoying, soon they#8217;re to be able to sneak up and steal right out from under

The nearly silent, Smart Electric Drive will be U.S. roads this The battery-powered runabout fulfilling a that was laid out for the vehicle the day it was The two-seater (literally a car #8216;for if you never figured that one trading its conventional powertrain for an setup that#8217;s as clean as the that goes into it be it from the wind, sun or a good old coal furnace.

Keeping in with Smart#8217;s highly packaging ethos, the new equipment perfectly into the space by the old internal combustion engine and its The battery pack slips in the seats where the gas tank is found, while the liquid-cooled and its associated electronics fill the bay. Due to the low production volumes Smart uses the same housing as the standard car, but it now just one gear instead of

Theoretically, it could be much

Smart always had an electric in mind for the Fortwo model and the layout of the platform for such an The end result is that there#8217;s no on passenger or cargo room, are still easily able to a pair of plus-six-footers and their bags.

In fact, from the seat, the only tip off that has changed are two pods on top of the dashboard house the gauges for battery level and how much power is generated by the motor. Typically it up to a mere 20 kilowatts, the equivalent of 27 horsepower, but when you floor the it gets a boost to 30 kw, or 41 hp.

The maximum rating is a slightly more sounding 88 pound-feet, which is not bad in a car weighs just 2100 #8211; only 308 more the standard model. The go-pedal is a slow to respond from a but once you#8217;re rolling the car delivers reasonably quick up to about 30 mph, at which things start teetering off as it towards its speeding-ticket-avoiding 65 mph top speed.

On the way there, the experience is surprisingly The motor is quiet, with a hint of a pleasant whine its way into the cabin. Compared to a Fortwo, the ride is substantially and not nearly as bouncy over pavement, thanks in part to the weight of the battery pack it down.

Better still, the speed transmission – issue for electric cars remedies the worst feature of the Smart – its automated-manual Essentially a manual that has a robot taking care of the and shifting duties, its operation the phrase #8216;herky-jerky#8217; and is infamous critics and owners, requiring the to make up lame excuses as to why it bother them. #8220;You get to it,#8221; they say. spent a couple of hundred in Fortwos, I#8217;d love to at exactly what point happens.

Instead, power delivery in the version should cause you no for the 82 miles that you can drive it charges. Not very far? Did you that a majority of Americans 40 miles or less per day?

your odometer, because you be one of them.

The small travel shouldn#8217;t put the Fortwo at too much of a compared to the other electric heading to showrooms in the coming though, as most of them a range of only about 100 120 miles. According to the folks at #8216;boast#8217; is the operative word, they expect that few of the achieve such distances in world driving, while own claim is precise, rather a headline for an advertising campaign. will tell.

To this the specification sheet pegs the of the liquid-cooled, Tesla-designed lithium-ion pack at 16.5 kilowatt but it#8217;s actually larger. that figure represents how of the total charge is useable over-stressing the battery, causing degradation. All electric cars this way, but most makers quote the full of the pack.

In any case, Smart says even with the effects of the buffer means that see no loss of range over the of the vehicle.

Plugged in to a 220-volt you can charge the battery from 20 to 80 of useable capacity in three and a hours. It takes eight for a charge.

Only have to 110 volts? See you tomorrow. Like the all of this is pretty much par for the course.

The good news is at the national average of 10 cents per for electricity, the electric Fortwo can be 50 miles for a buck. A Toyota will burn one gallon of gas the same distance and cost you to three. That#8217;s money in the at least until your from the leasing company.

Initially, the electric Fortwo only be offered through a lease at $599 per month, equates to a sticker price of $45,000. That includes all of the tax available for electric cars. For the gasoline-powered version starts at

Like that one, be able to get it as a hardtop or a convertible.

with what#8217;s quickly a requisite smart phone app allows you to monitor the car#8217;s and even turn on the climate from the comfort of your the high price does with exclusivity. Only 250 Electric Drives are coming our way the next year before production ramps up in January,

Most of them will go to fleets, and all will be clustered in the markets of Portland, San Jose, Indianapolis, and the I-95 corridor Washington, D.C. and Boston. will allow Smart to the vehicles better, collect from drivers and work closely with utility that are developing the kind of infrastructure needed to support the use of vehicles.

Unfortunately for Smart, its cars the only ones that be able to take advantage of it.

the same time that the Electric Drive hits Nissan will be launching its five-passenger Leaf with an tax credit sticker price of and one of those 100-mile range which would seem to put in a tough position if it can#8217;t the price down when production begins. Nevertheless, the says that its teeny, recyclable car appeals to a different of customer, one looking to make the environmental statement about conservation and urban congestion, not to saving the world from big Even at a premium, it probably be hard to find 250 of them who are to pay for the privilege.

Besides, with so few spaces out there that are power outlets, just you and see who has the last laugh.

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