Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Electric Drive Test Drive Finds Nothing Else Like It – Video

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 4

Autogefühl continues to explore the new smart electric drive lineup, and after an extensive smart fortwo electric drive review, it is time for a (refreshingly) abbreviated cabriolet follow-up.

smart fortwo cabriolet electric drive

smart fortwo cabriolet electric drive

The electric convertible driving experience amazed Thomas, and he finds nothing on the market today to compare it to.

The smart fortwo cabriolet electric drive is found to be sporty, with a small turning radius, and simply rocks.

EPA range estimate is for a rating between 70 and 80 miles.  Autogefühl thinks one should only count on about 62 miles/100km to be safe.

Smart fortwo cabrio electric drive quick specs:

  • 60 kW / 160 Nm separately excited three-phase synchronous motor from Renault
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.8 seconds
  • 17.6 kWh batteries with LG Chem li-ion cells
  • 7 kW on-board charger for 2.5 hour recharge
  • 155 km/96 miles (NEDC) range
  • 130 km/h (81 mph) top speed

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4 responses to "Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Electric Drive Test Drive Finds Nothing Else Like It – Video"

  1. Texas FFE says:

    What about DCFC? Even a city EV should have fast charging these days.

  2. David Lane says:

    I live in the city and I want one. Damn!

  3. Schorschi says:

    I drove the predecessor 451 model for three years, a lease, also the cabrio. It’s a dream ride. Strong, smooth, jerk-free acceleration.

    This 453 model has an insane turning radius of only 11 ft. You can make a u-turn in a Walmart parking lot aisle with that. The 7kW charger is one of the (very) few enhancements over the older model, which only charged at 3.3 kW. This cuts charging time from 0 to 100% from 5.5 to only 2.5 hours.

    I was tempted to lease this model too after my lease ran out this June, but I had my eye on the Chevy Spark EV, a very rare breed in these US of A. It can be considered the predecessor to the Bolt.

    The Spark EV is no longer manufactured and was only ever sold in California, Oregon and Maryland. Being in Florida, I had to go all the way to Maryland to get one; actually two, one for my daughter, one for me. Brought them home on the Autotrain that runs between Virginia and Sanford, FL.

    One big advantage the Spark has over the Smart is the fast charger, that was optionally available. Instead of six hours on a level 2 charger, with the fast charger it only takes ~40 minutes to fully charge the vehicle. That opens up a whole different world of driving.

    I heard the Smart will be available in Europe with a fast-charge option too in the future, but not in the US.

    1. Halid says:

      Did you mean level 3 charger? I’ve never heard of level 2 charging in under 1 hour.

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