$25,000 Third-Generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Still Coming to US This Spring

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 9

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.

The third-generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is still set for arrival in the US in “Spring 2013,” according to Smart.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive cabriolet.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive cabriolet.

With its launch looming, let’s re-examine what this version of the Fortwo Electric Drive offers for its low price of only $25,000 before federal tax credits.

Charged up for the arrival of the third-generation Fortwo Electric Drive?

Charged up for the arrival of the third-generation Fortwo Electric Drive?

Unlike previous versions, the third-gen Fortwo ED seems set to actually compete with other electric vehicles available today.  

The upcoming 2013 version boasts a range of 68 miles courtesy of its 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  Additionally, its 55-kW, 96 pound-feet of torque electric motor is capable of propelling the 2013 Fortwo ED from 0 to 37 mph in 4.8 seconds and from 0 to 62 mph in a decent 11.5 seconds, roughly twice as quick from 0 to 62 mph as the outgoing version.  Top speed is now listed at 78 mph and a full recharge can be accomplished in 6 hours using a Level 2 charger.

Of course, its price is most enticing.   After the federal tax credit of $7,500, the 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive costs only $17,500 and if you factor in state- and local-level rebates, then pricing drops below $15,000 for some potential buyers.  

Smart claims the Fortwo ED will become the most affordable pure electric vehicle available in the US.  That’s likely true, but with deals like $69 per month Mitsubishi i, and the $199/month 2013 Nissan LEAF S model,  the 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive certainly enters a field with some cheap competition.

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9 responses to "$25,000 Third-Generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Still Coming to US This Spring"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    Doesn’t this car run a Tesla sourced pack?

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      @ GeorgeS,

      No…It no longer uses a Tesla-sourced pack…The third-gen Fortwo ED uses a pack from Deutsche ACCUmotive, Daimler’s JV with Evonik

      1. GeorgeS says:

        Is it liquid cooled?

        1. redEV says:

          Yes … see new post below

  2. Open-Mind says:

    Looks cute, but would rather spend a bit more on a much faster and more practical Spark EV.

    This is Smart-Fortwo, but Dumb-Forfour. ;-)

  3. Future Leaf Driver says:

    For $3800 more I’d rather have a four door with more cargo space and greater range (80 miles+).

    With the lower priced 2013 Leaf, this EV will have to sell for less than than $25K to grab a decent market share.

  4. redEV says:

    For George S; the Gen II had liquid cooling (see this photo link to a smart ED owner in AZ) so assume that the Gen III will as well (very effective in hot climates) Quote from owner:

    “This was the smart electric drive on a hot August day. Outside temp about 110 degrees, car reading 127 because of the hot asphalt (I took this while in stop-and-go traffic on the highway). I had the Air Conditioning on, and the car was doing just fine. You’ll notice the performance bars are not at 100% – this is likely because the battery cooling system was working hard to keep the car running well. I have not had the same battery depletion issues as the Nissan Leaf – and I think a lot of that has to do with the active/liquid cooling system on the battery.”

    This does make sense if a smart ICE version is what you need to replace and that’s all you have room for in your garage (like in my own case, we have an ’08 passion coupe).

  5. shawn marshall says:

    Take your kid to college and restrict their range car.

    City commuter.

    Pick-up and drop off rentals car.

    retirement village car.
    Any others?

  6. Herm says:

    clown car..

    Just kidding, I like the smart :)