Review: 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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2013 Smart ForTwo Drive review: Pop the top to make

2013 Smart ForTwo Drive droptop makes up for interior and ride. (

8, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

By Bragman,

The tiny ForTwo isn’t one of our favorite and we have no qualms telling the what we think of it. People the world have been forthcoming in their comments our evaluation of it as well, with fanatical owners accusing us of it unfairly. It’s hard to that the standard ForTwo is cheap feeling, inefficient and a purchase compared to its competitors.

But now is trying something new, that the company says was from the very beginning: an version. The 2013 Smart ED (for Electric Drive, not for a remedied by little blue is here, and while not a perfect to the issues that plague the version, the Electric Drive makes for a more interesting

Gone is the anemic 70-horsepower, engine driving the rear through an automated manual In its place is a 74-hp electric and single-speed gearbox, drawing from a 17.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion Performance with the new powertrain much improved, however, zero-to-60 mph still taking of 11.5 seconds. This is than the gas-powered version it or not but it still isn’t going to get pulse racing.

Both the 500e and Chevrolet Spark EV handily trounce it in a stoplight race.

The ForTwo ED has an official range of 76 miles and a recharge of about six hours on a 240-volt 2 charging system. Plug it in to a 110-volt outlet and it’ll about 14 hours from to full or about 10 hours to go a 20% to an 80% charge. The numbers are on the high these days, as more and electric vehicles get higher-capacity that allow for faster

Level 3 DC fast charging is not an on the ForTwo ED.

Aside from changes, the Smart ForTwo ED much different than the model. The interior is largely the funky-styled little two-seat with some extra gauges and almost no cargo It is decently comfortable, has all the bells and one could want in a commuter car and has an optional navigation system.

It pretty good in bright red too.

The driving experience is improved there’s no lurching, automated manual transmission, a smooth flow of torque and when you press the accelerator. At up to 30 mph or so, in urban stop-and-go traffic for the ED feels reasonably quick. But get out of environment or find yourself to keep up with faster and you’ll quickly find the ED is pokey.

The electric power steering unusually heavy for a tiny car. Unlike competitors the Fiat 500e, the ForTwo ED not feel light and nimble, but ponderous and slow to react to input. Brakes feel artificial it’s bottom-hinged, pedal is golf-cart-like.

All in all, the is better than the gas-powered but still not great. What’s the Two things: It’s not expensive, and you can get one as a

That’s right; this is the only EV droptop. And it’s how much you can forgive when you can pop the top on a sunny day.

Yes it’s but then you pop the top, and you don’t It doesn’t handle particularly and then you pop the top, and you don’t You can carry a passenger or groceries but not and then you pop the top, and you don’t

The controls feel cheap and but then, well, you get the idea.

the button and the two-position convertible top at any driving speed. Pull and you can also slide out the frame creating more of a targa-style motoring experience. Puttering town in a silent electric becomes fun (until you hit a pothole and the car clangs like a bell), and you to yourself, You know, this so bad!

Unlike other electric cars, you can even get one in any Smart offers, as long as well, any color it offers.

the other kicker it’s to sell. Smart would much like you to lease one of buy one, and it’s offering nicely incentivized leases as as a service called Battery Plus. The optional subscription essentially rents you the vehicle’s along with a host of and defect coverage.

Sign up for the 36-month lease at a month, including an $80/month BAP and you’ll never have to about the battery losing its charge capacity over The convertible is a little bit more and at $199 a month. These are prices from the previous of the Smart ED as well, and are meant to it the most affordable EV.

Both require $1,999 down.

But one might be even more of a bargain, depending on where you The ED is currently only available in zero emissions vehicle but will be rolling out nationwide next year. The purchase for a basic coupe is $25,750 destination. But that’s before on the rebates and tax credits.

The federal government will you a $7,500 income tax credit officially a rebate, but we’ll it here for net pricing purposes), will kick in $2,500, the San Valley has a program that up to another $3,000 on top of that, and if by chance you work for Sony in Southern California, you could get $5,000 on top of that. Smart is offering $2,000 dealer for purchases. Add it up to potentially take off the price of the $25,750 electric

A brand-new electric car for less an inexpensive motorcycle? That the picture considerably for lucky vehicle intenders who live and in the right place.

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