Smart ED

Full Electric
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The Smart Fortwo ED is the quintessential city car but you'll be disappointed if you expect any more.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

100miles (161 kms)

Battery

17.6kWh

Latest Model Year

2017

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$23,800

Performance

Top Speed81 mph
Acceleration11.1 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque118 lb-ft
Power55 kW

Charging

Home Charging*Full charge in 2.5 hours
Fastcharge Port-
Fastcharge Speed
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeHatchback
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity45.9 cu-ft
Cargo Capacity9 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Smart ED Pros & Cons

The Smart Fortwo ED is the most compact electric vehicle on the road today. The question is, do big things come in this little package?

A Question of Range

Small electric vehicles destined for the city streets often have ambiguous ranges, and the Smart Fortwo ED is no different.

Officially, Smart say the Fortwo ED has a 100-mile range. However, in the real world, you’ll probably get 70-80 miles from the Fortwo ED’s minuscule 17.6-kWh battery pack.

One of the upsides to having such a small battery pack is it charges, relatively, quickly. A full charge from a Level 2, 240v power source will take about 2.5 hours but there’s no fast charging option available. Unfortunately, if you only have a Level 1, 120v power source available, charging will take 16.5 hours.

Performance Meant for the City

Even with the Fortwo ED’s 2,094 lbs weight, the 55 kW electric motor powering it doesn’t produce any outstanding performance figures.

It will take 11.1 seconds to get to 60 mph but, thanks to 118 ft-lb of torque, the Fortwo ED is nippy up to 30 mph. And this is what really matters in a car like the Fortwo ED because, honestly, when do you do 60 mph in the city? If you do need to hit the highway in a Fortwo ED, you’ll be happy to know it tops out at 81 mph.

The Smart Fortwo ED isn’t made for long distance or high-speed trips but it does handle itself well in the city. Just check out the Fortwo ED’s party piece, its turning circle, which comes in at only 22.8 feet.

Small but Smart

The 3-door, two seater Fortwo ED is by no means roomy but Smart has done well to utilize the space that it has.

Passengers can expect a total of 45.9 cubic feet of space in the cabin. The trunk has 9-12 cubic feet of storage, depending on if owners want to fill it to the ceiling.

Don’t Worry About the Battery

One of the benefits of buying a Smart is the Battery Assurance Plus program they offer.

You, effectively, lease the Fortwo ED’s battery from Smart, reducing the upfront purchase price. This also means you don’t have to worry about battery issues, as that’s Smart’s problem – not yours.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.smartusa.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.