January 16, 2017, 2:30 AM
The new Smart Fortwo Electric Drive has officially been introduced to the US market, making its rounds through the various North American auto shows.
The Smart Electric Drive is available in all of Smart’s models, which for North America means just the Fortwos, as the 4-door 4-seat Forfour hatchback isn't available outside of Europe. The cabrio is the only electric convertible in the marketplace.
Power to the rear-drive 2-seaters is supplied by a 59.7-kW 3-phase synchronous motor (80 hp) supplying 118 lb-ft of torque, and capable of up to 130 km of driving range (depending on conditions and driving style). Top speed is governed to 130 km/h. Using a fixed gear, the car can hit 100 km/h in about 12 seconds.
Pushing an ECO button will adjust the throttle mapping and limit the top speed, as well as enhance the level of brake regeneration. The car also features a pre-entry climate control setting, which brings the car interior to temperature while the car is still plugged in.
Using a high-performance charger, the 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in about 3 hours, using a 240V home wall unit. Plugging it into a standard 110V outlet, it will take upwards of 16.5 hours to charge.
An available app can let owners see what’s happening with their Fortwo EDs via smartphone, tablet or PC, allowing them to control certain functions remotely, including programming times for charging and for the pre-entry climate settings.
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive coupe is due in showroom in Spring 2017, with the Cabrio following in Summer.
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