With the launch of the third-generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive in the US now successfully underway, we thought potential buyers (or lessees) out there would want to know what to expect of Smart's first mass-produced and soon-to-be available nationwide electric vehicle.

Fortwo ED Cabriolet

Fortwo ED Cabriolet

This is not one of those so-called compliance vehicles (read our interview with Smart USA boss Mark Webster for proof of that).

What it is though is the cheapest electric vehicle available in the US, the only one offered in convertible version (cabriolet as Smart calls it) and the US' only EV offered in a way that you can lease the battery pack separately of the vehicle.

There's a lot of uniqueness here, that's for sure.  But if it's not a joy to drive, then why should we care?

Yes, it is the cheapest EV in the States and that's a bonus, but if cheap equates to bad, then we certainly wouldn't be interested in owning one.  However, here cheap only relates to its price tag, as the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive can hold its own against any other EV in its segment.

Check out the video review above to find out how the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive gets on down the road.  Keep in mind that the specs listed below are what you get if you purchase or lease one of these urban electric delights, which start at only $119 per month (plus $80 to rent the battery).

I'm Only $25,000

I'm Only $25,000

  • EPA range rating of 68 miles, with the car getting 76 miles in the city and 59 on the highway
  • MPGe: 122 city, 93 hwy and 107 combined
  • 17.6 kWh lithium battery made by Deutsche ACCUmotive
  • 55kW (74 hp) electric motors that puts out 130 Nm (96 lb-ft of torque)
  • top speed: 78 mph
  • 0 – 62 mph in 11.5 seconds
  • 100% charge (240V) in 6 hours
  • 80% charge (240V) from 20% to 100% in 4.5 hours, 20% to 80% in 3.5 hours
  • length – 106.1 inches (8.8 feet), width – 61.4 inches, (5.1 feet), height – 60.7 inches (5.1 feet)
  • US Curb Weight: 2,094 lbs (coupe)  2138 lbs (cabrio)