EVs Just Got Cheap: Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Priced At $25,000 Pre-Rebate For US
With Smart having priced the ForTwo Electric Drive at very reasonable levels elsewhere in the world earlier this summer, we anticipated the little EV would also soon become be the value leader for the US when it went on sale.
And Daimler didn’t disappoint.
For the United States, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive coupe starts at $25,000, with the Cabriolet at $28,000. Much cheaper than any other highway capable EV sold in the US today.
The best part of the electric ForTwo’s pricing, is that it does NOT include the $7,500 federal rebate, which the Smart fully qualifies for with its 17.6 kWh battery, making the car effectively $17,500.
The only asterisk (*) we can see is that the MSRP does not include the destination fee of $825.
The Daimler/Bosch collaboration is propelled by a 30-kW/55 peak electric motor that can get the 2 seater to 60 km/hr (37 mph) in a respectable 4.8 seconds. Maximum speed is 80 mph and range is listed (in other countries) at 90 miles.
You can pre-register now at Smart’s online site (here), with cars expected to start arriving to customers in the spring.
The only question now is: If this is the price a premium automaker like Daimler can offer an EV with almost 18 kWh of energy on board for, why are we still paying so much for the likes of the Nissan LEAF ($35,200 – 24 kWh), Ford Focus Electric ($39,200 23 kWh) and Chevrolet Volt ($39,195 – 16.5 kWh)