The smart fortwo electric drive is now available on the new-generation smart platform in both the smart fortwo coupe and cabrio models and—for the first time—in the smart forfour (not available in the US). With this next generation, smart will be the only car manufacturer worldwide to offer its entire model range with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive.
The smart electric drive will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show and market launch of the smart fortwo coupe electric drive will start in the US in spring 2017 and the smart fortwo cabrio electric drive in summer 2017.
With 118 lb-ft (160 N·m) torque and 80 hp (59 kW), the fortwo accelerates from 0-60 mph in 11.7 seconds; the fortwo and fortwo cabrio in 11.7 seconds.
The fully charged 17.6 kWh Li-ion battery pack has sufficient power to cover approximately 99 miles (or 160 kilometers in accordance with the NEDC), making it ideal for urban use. US range and overall electric motor specifications will be announced at launch.
With a high-performance on-board charger, the smart electric drive can be charged in half the time as before (US preliminary new generation charge time: 2.5 hours / previous generation charge time: 5.5 hours).
The driving characteristics are as agile and lively as ever. The ultra-small turning circle also contributes to this, and at 22.8 feet for the two-seater it corresponds precisely to that of its sibling with conventional drive.
The smart fortwo electric drive models are series produced at smart's Hambach plant. The smart is equipped with a battery from the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. The company based in Kamenz, Saxony has been building the electric heart of the smart electric drive since 2012.
The electric motor works at the rear of the smart electric drive and transmits its power via a constant ratio to the wheels. The 118 lb-ft of torque is immediately available from a standstill, a 19% increase over the 96 lb-ft offered by the previous generation smart ED.
Due to the power characteristics of the electric motor, the smart needs just one single fixed gear ratio. There is no need for any gear changing—a major advantage in dense city traffic. To reverse, the engine’s direction of rotation changes.
The maximum speed is electronically limited to 81 mph to maximize the range. US range and overall electric motor specifications will be announced at the time of launch.
In addition to the basic transmission mode, the driver can select ECO mode for a particularly efficient driving style. In addition, the maximum speed is limited, the accelerator pedal curve adjusted and the maximum recuperation level is pre-selected.
To save energy and extend the range, the smart electric drive also features pre-entry climate control. For example, this enables the desired temperature to be reached in the interior while the vehicle is still charging at a socket.
With the “smart control” app, lots of electric drive information can be called up via smartphone, tablet or PC and functions such as pre-entry climate control or intelligent charging can be conveniently controlled remotely. The new model has more operating options than the predecessor. For example, two programmable departure times mean that intelligent charging and pre-entry climate control do not always need to be reset for frequent journeys.
The smart electric drive models surpass the extensive standard equipment of their siblings with conventional drive as they additionally have a dashboard instrument with power meter and battery status display (standard) or on request the winter package with heated steering wheel for maximum climate comfort (optionally available). The electric drive design package (optionally available) gives the vehicle an expressive look with tridion safety cell and door mirror caps painted in exclusive electric green.
After the world premiere in Paris, the new smart fortwo electric drive will be launched in the US in spring 2017 and the smart fortwo cabrio electric drive in summer 2017.