Alongside the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive at the 2013 New York Auto Show was the next-generation 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Rear

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Rear

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

Smart Electric Drive Makes An Appearance On Stage At The New York Auto Show This Week

Smart Electric Drive Makes An Appearance On Stage At The New York Auto Show This Week

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.