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2014 Smart ED Review

The ED is cute and cool


The Smart ForTwo is one of the smallest on American roads. Measuring over 106 inches from tip to and a shade under 62 inches and wide, the electric version is enough to occupy the smallest of from gaps in busy traffic to overcrowded parking

When the diminutive Smart was introduced in the United States a decade ago, it assumed a novel cult status—because it was so than anything else on the But with dismal press and anemic sales, the odd looks of the pipsqueak Smart soon looking goofy. That persists today.

You have to to make a bold statement to a Smart—and frankly, it’s to know what statement is.

it looks identical to its gasoline the Smart ForTwo Electric is marginally larger. You’d to park it next to a gasoline ForTwo to really notice. extra length, width and helps contains a 17.6 lithium-ion battery pack and motor.

The 2014 Smart is offered with the same and interior color options as the gas model—except for the Crystal Grey interior. But a signature “kinetic appearance package” is also as an option that the white panels, green exterior and design flourishes, and white


The Smart ForTwo Drive has a 55 kW electric motor makes 96 pound-feet of torque through a single-speed automatic Top speed is 78 miles per hour. doesn’t talk about but one indication of performance is a zero-to-60 mph of 11.5 seconds.

That’s leisurely, yet auto reviewers say the small EV has enough power for other vehicles in the city. at low speeds however, the lack of steering and low-ratio rack and create a lot of work for the driver. As the gas-powered model, the car can feel and too easily swayed by the wind—when at highway speeds.

Compared the gasoline Smart ForTwo, the Smart ForTwo ED handles thanks to the low center of gravity by that floor-mounted battery Still, most auto believe the ForTwo Electric overall ride quality is its suspension too easily picks up and its brakes are mushy.


The EPA the Smart ForTwo Electric with a range of 68 miles per That breaks down to an range of 76 miles in the city, and 59 on the

Given its small size, the Smart is very efficient, an impressive government MPGe of 122 in the city and 93 miles on the highway. The miles per gallon equivalent is

You might find that driving range is even than estimated by the EPA— as we did our loaner test car indicated 67 of range left, after we had tipped into the battery at about 20 percent.


The meek personality of the extends to its anemic charging

The standard for EVs these days is an 6.6-kW charger that about 20 to 25 miles of range in an worth of charging. However, the Electric Drive uses a charger that logically 3.3 kilowatt-hours of energy over the of an hour. That adds up to about 10 to 12 miles of driving.

A charge from empty to of the Smart’s 17.6 kWh battery takes about five to six as long as it would if Daimler, the of Smart vehicles, had equipped the car the 6.6-kW industry standard.

On top of drawback, the Smart Electric does not have a port to Quick Charging at public stations.

Passenger/Cargo Room

is extra height needed to the Smart ForTwo Electric room for its battery pack the floor. That height gives the driver a commanding of the road ahead, increasing and managing urban maneuvering ease. However, tall likely will find the a little too cramped.

Our reviewer, at was less than an inch the Smart ForTwo Coupe’s roller blind.

By the numbers, there is 39.7 of headroom and only 12 cubic of storage space.

Seat for driver and passenger seats are with little or no lumbar and no lateral support. Combined the non-adjustable steering wheel, the ForTwo Electric Drive a car best suited to long of driving. In fact, despite the warmest seat heaters of any car driven, spending more half an hour behind the resulted in a stiff back.

as with other Smart models, radio and navigation are not within easy reach for the While it shouldn’t be an issue for drivers, smaller drivers may themselves stretching to operate the center-mounted infotainment system.

there is an almost identical to the gasoline Smart ForTwo, these modification: a state of meter and power gauge the center-mounted clock and tachometer pods of the gasoline model.

The Electric Drive’s standard includes a stereo with a USB and auxiliary jack. There are two stereos and an optional navigation The feel of interior materials is cheap.


Safety for the Smart ED by major testing if put on an academic report card, be a B-minus at best.

The National Traffic Safety Administration four out of five stars on of its tests, although the Smart—with its safety cage—managed 5 stars on the crash test.

The Smart Electric Drive slightly better on tests by the Institute for Highway Safety. The Smart EV got a “Good” on most of the highest level—but slipped on crash protection, in which an rating was given.

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We recommend a test. If you are seriously thinking a Smart Electric Drive, take it for a brief test run on the alongside 18-wheelers to see if you feel in the pint-sized car.


the second-generation Smart ED was available under an expensive lease, the version is now available under better terms. Its base of $25,000 makes it one of the most electric car on the US market. The cabriolet the only EV with a convertible has a $28,000 MSRP.

If you prefer that starts at $139 a $2,433 due at signing.

As Kelley Book points out, the lease deal is only on the hardtop Smart ForTwo Drive. Opt for the convertible model—the real all-electric convertible on in the U.S. right now—and be paying a little more.

at the lower price, the Smart ED isn’t actually all that when it comes to lease There are EV owners who have lease deals on the Mitsubishi and Ford Focus EV for about the price. The much more Nissan LEAF isn’t much more.

One more thing to consider: A “Battery Assurance Plus” is available when you buy or lease the Electric Drive. If worry whether your car’s pack will become an boat anchor has kept you taking the plunge into our future, this is the option for

In this scheme, the battery is not included as part of the purchase which gets cut by $5,100 to before any federal rebate. If you the full $7,500 credit, the drops to a tantalizing $13,150. But that you will be renting the battery for around $80 per month tax. If something goes with it over the course of 10 it’s not your problem, you don’t own it—hence the name assurance.”

Of course, if you lease the car in the way, you are also leasing the it’s hard to see how the added of this program makes sense. Also, many cars carry longer normal warranties for batteries. again, the Battery Assurance drops the down payment of the lease to $999 according to the website.

Comparisons of Similar

It’s hard to find a electric car comparison with the Electric Drive, which is the two-seat battery-powered model on the

It could stack up with the i-MiEV, but while both have similarly low range, and price, the Smart (once can only seat two,

The Spark Electric and Fiat also diminutive electrics, are a bit but offer something in exchange: in the form of the 500e; and a ton of torque the Spark.

At the end of the day, the one distinguishing of the Smart ED—which cannot be matched by any other EV—is a top. If you are willing to make compromises for fresh air, head down to a participating dealership.

Purchase Process

The Electric Drive can only be and serviced by EV-certified locations in states: California, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon and Island.

If that’s where you search out a list of local and register your interesting in the ED on this webpage: http://www.smartusa.com/models/electric-drive/EV-pre-register.aspx

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