The Americans who aren’t in love with V8s, twin turbos or anything that burns gas will be shifting their attention to this car very soon.
It’s called the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. It will come with something special and, for once, it’s something to do with the problems of the EV.
The new Smart electric car will be the cheapest such vehicle you can find on the market. It will start at 25.000 USD and there’s even a chance at getting something back.
This car is eligible for the 7500 USD Government rebate so you could really consider this car as a purchase that’s not outrageous.
Factor in the destination charge and the inevitable need for a home charging station you could realistically put a two-door EV on your driveway for “just” $20.525.
That’s more than 1000 USD cheaper than the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a car which has often been slated off for being too expensive for what it is.
The Smart car is pretty much the same way, a bit of nonsense, too small and often a nuisance. The EV doesn’t get round these problems.
In fact, it still adds the one where range becomes a hindrance to your mobility. In this form the Smart ForTwo can go up to 90 miles on a charge.
Unlike most electric cars you will very likely manage this range because there’s nothing to motivate you to go fast in this thing.
It has 75 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque engine which is about as quick as the petrol driven car, if you can ever call a Smart quick.