Smart USA Launches New Electric Drive In Fortwo And ForFour – Video Reviews

9 months ago by Mark Kane 7

After its Paris debut, smart introduced its fourth generation of all-electric fortwo to the U.S., presenting it both at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and also demonstrating it live in Miami.

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

Note: The forfour electric to be available only in Europe.

The new smart fortwo electric drive (and cabrio) look great, and currently are the ultimate two seat plug-in city cars for America

With expected range of about 80-85 miles EPA (100 miles / 160 km NEDC) on the 17.6 kWh battery, the smart certainly isn’t the king of range, but really, leaving the city for a long drive was never its thing – being small and inexpensive is.

For 2017, charging time has been decreased, with the new models needing just 2.5 hours for a full boost thanks to a new 7.2 kW charger.

Also, a new 60 kW electric motor supplied by Renault now provides enough kick at low-speeds to happily zip from light to light.

Sales in the U.S. begin later this year (“early 2017” – think late January/early February).  Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect a starting MSRP around $25,000.

Also (below):  Full gallery of the electrified smart’s LA debut, plus more video reviews on the 2017 smart electric drive family

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

The data for the new smart electric drive at a glance:

smart electric drive fortwo fortwo cabrio forfour

 

Motor Separately excited three-phase synchronous motor
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Battery capacity (kWh) 17.6
Output electric motor (kW/hp) 60/81
Torque electric motor (Nm) 160
Efficiency class A+
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 11.5 11.8 12.7
Range NEDC (km) 160 155 155
Maximum speed (km/h) 130
Charging time, 0-80% at a household socket (h) 6 (WEU/UK), 13 (USA)
Charging time, 0-80% Wallbox (h) 3.5 (WEU), 2.5 (UK/USA)
Price1 from (euro) 21,940 25,200 22,600

1Recommended retail price for Germany incl. 19% VAT.

Here we have some new photos and videos from the LA Auto Show and first reviews in Miami:

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo cabrio electric drive

smart fortwo cabrio electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive

 

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7 responses to "Smart USA Launches New Electric Drive In Fortwo And ForFour – Video Reviews"

  1. Bill Howland says:

    This guy either can’t count, or doesn’t understand the difference (surprisingly)between the single phase used in North America or the 400 volts used in “WEU”. They keep calling it a 7.2 kw charger but the printed placard said “7,4 kw”; so with a 32 amp or better wall box, it will be interesting to see how big the charger really is. Of course, for Europe they also have a 32 amp charger (22 kw) which won’t be offered in NA.

    He also stated that plugging into a 120 volt outlet would yield over 3 kw. And they say Americans can’t pass 3rd grade.

  2. Where are he Smart “ForFour” video reviews?

    Hopefully not 2 ForTwo videos is a ForFour. 😉

  3. WadeTyhon says:

    Wait, Smart USA is bringing out the electric ForFour here? I hadn’t heard that yet.

    I didn’t see a mention of it in the article either so perhaps this was just a mistake.

  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    With no CCS, they really aren’t getting it.

  5. offib says:

    The ForFour in the states? Are you alright there, Mark?

  6. Koenigsegg says:

    Stupid. No real improvement over the previous one.

    And that nice black and green color way will not be available in the U.S. so there’s no point in even having it there. Stupid.

    Smart is not Smart.

    I loved my old ED but gave it up right away after the lease.

    I’ll test drive this one but definitely not getting it.

  7. ian henry foster says:

    Ford would rather help the medical world by promoting more cancer
    http://www.businessinsider.com/ford-ceo-biggest-problem-for-electric-cars-2016-12