Alongside the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive at the 2013 New York Auto Show was the next-generation 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.
Concurrent with M-B’s announcement that the B-Class Electric Drive would launch in the US in early 2014, the automaker released this Fortwo-related statement:
“The newest generation of the smart fortwo electric drive is now bringing local zero-emissions mobility to the US. With a starting price of 25,000 US dollars (prior to incentives), the urban two-seater is the most cost-effective series-production electric car on the market.”
We search far and wide, but couldn’t find a 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive “now” available in the US, but its arrival is imminent (sometime in April).
Though most of the estimated or automaker-provided specs on the 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive have been known for some time, these official EPA ratings recently trickled out:
- Range: 68 miles
- MPGe Combined: 107
- MPGe Highway: 93
- MPGe City: 122
The Fortwo Electric Drive features a 55 kW (75 hp) electric motor that cranks out 96 pound-feet of torque. The 2013 Fortwo ED zips 0 to 37 mph in 4.8 seconds and from 0 to 62 mph in a decent 11.5 seconds. Top speed is listed at 78 mph and a full recharge can be accomplished in 6 hours using a Level 2 charger. 68 miles of EPA-rated range comes courtesy of its 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Pricing for the Coupe version starts at the aforementioned $25,000 prior to incentives. The convertible Cabriolet checks in at a before-incentive price of $28,000. Some US buyers will get up to $10,000 off either version due to federal and state-level incentives.
Look for us to post more on the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive when it launches in the US in the next few weeks.