Smart Fortwo And Forfour Enters British Market. Deliveries From July

2 months ago by Mark Kane 9

smart electric drive cabrio, fortwo and forfour

smart has begun introducing the next-generation fortwo and forfour electric drive models outside of Germany, and now into wider Europe.   The new models will be both the smallest and cheapest BEVs in most markets.

New smart electric drive set to spark interest

All-three versions to be available in UK (in U.S., the forfour isn’t planned). Deliveries are expected to begin in July.

Here is pricing revealed for UK:

  • smart fortwo electric drive – £20,920 (£16,420 incl. OLEV grant of £4,500)
  • smart forfour electric drive – £21,415 (£16,915 incl. OLEV grant of £4,500)
  • smart fortwo cabriolet electric drive – £23,060 (£18,650 incl. OLEV grant of £4,500)

All electric smarts are equipped with the same electric powertrain and battery pack.

US deliveries are also expect in late July, with pricing from a reduced (over the last generation) MSRP of $23,800 (details) – topless fun starts at $28,000 for the fortwo Cabrio edition.

Smart fortwo electric drive quick specs:

  • 60 kW / 160 Nm separately excited three-phase synchronous motor from Renault
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.5 seconds
  • 17.6 kWh batteries with LG Chem li-ion cells
  • 7 kW on-board charger for 2.5 hour recharge
  • 160 km/100 miles (NEDC) range
  • 130 km/h (81 mph) top speed

Smart forfour electric drive quick specs:

  • 60 kW / 160 Nm separately excited three-phase synchronous motor from Renault
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 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
  • based on the Renault Twingo (joint project with Renault)

smart electric drive forfour

More about smart ED:

“Specification is based on the well-equipped prime model, which includes heated front seats, cruise control, leather upholstery and 15-inch alloy wheels. Every electric drive model also comes with charging cables for both domestic sockets and public charging stations; rear parking sensors; smart media system with satellite navigation; and an acoustic ambient sound generator. The sound generator creates an artificial engine sound when the vehicle is moving at low speeds to make its presence known to pedestrians and other road users.

For just £595 customers can add the premium plus equipment line, which includes ambient lighting; centre armrest; LED headlights and tail lights; front fog lamps; automatic lights and wipers; and rear view camera.

The electric drive design package is available from £595 and adds a tridion cell and mirror caps in electric green; body panels in either black or white with matching grille; 16-inch alloys; and ‘ED’ decals in grey.

A heated steering wheel, heated rear seats (forfour only) and additional door and cockpit insulation are part of the winter package, which costs £295 on fortwo models and £495 on the forfour.

Customers can also access the smart control app, which allows the user to view the vehicle’s charging status, and pre-set the climate control via a smartphone.”

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9 responses to "Smart Fortwo And Forfour Enters British Market. Deliveries From July"

  1. Warren says:

    It will be interesting to see the EPA range of these two cars. I suspect the highway range of the Forfour will be better than that of the Fortwo. A brick, with the same frontal area, has a lower Cd than a cube.

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      Well unfortunately I don’t think we will never know the EPA range of the ForFour… I do not understand the reason that model is not going to be available in the US.

      I know there is a use case for the FourTwo. But the ForFour is the only one I would have ever personally considered. It would probably be the go to option over the 2-door 500e, recently deceased Spark EV, and zombie i-Miev.

  2. spin says:

    The price is fine and the range is city but I don’t understand how they think they are going to sell many without genuine 50kWh fast charging for that occasional out of city trip you need to make and with a theoretical range of 100 miles will not make it on a single charge. So it ends up being a second fun car for people when it could sell a lot more.

  3. Chris S says:

    Unfortunately still 50% more expensive than the petrol version. Where are those cheap batteries? It could do ok in Europe though…

    1. Peter says:

      How much do you drive ?
      How much petrol du you buy every year ?
      Can you make your own petrol at home?
      I drive 30.000km every year.
      I pay € 2.500 every year.
      That is €25.000 in ten years.
      I have solar panels at home so far no extra cost for electricity for me.

  4. Asak says:

    I’ve never understood how Smart cars can be so small, yet have such abysmal efficiency and performance and still cost so much? There are cars twice as large with better fuel economy and that deficit seems like it carries over to EVs.

    1. JIMJFOX says:

      Could it be 20% VAT impost in UK? Plus perhaps other hidden charges?

  5. Jose says:

    The Smart For four should have a bigger battery system. Using the same battery pack will give the Forfour a shorter electric range. I understand the 17.6 kw for the Fortwo because of its small size, but they should offer at least 25kw for the Forfour.

  6. Don Zenga says:

    Why not they sell both these models in USA.

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