New Smart ED Starts At $16,300 in U.S., After Fed Incentive

If you qualify for the federal tax credit, please enjoy responsibly.

Last year, Smart surprised us and announced that it would only sell electric models in the U.S.

The new version of the Fortwo ED is a wonderful improvement over the gas model, and even the earlier EV editions.

smart Electric Drive Cabrio Special Edition

smart Electric Drive Cabrio Special Edition

Now we know how much it'll cost you to cruise away in a tiny coupe or cabrio Smart car. Smart has announced that the 2017 Smart Electric Drive Coupe will start at $23,800 – $1,200 less that the outgoing model – while the Cabrio starts at $28,000 (same as before). Both of those prices do not take federal or state incentives into account, meaning that a brand new Coupe ED can be yours for just $16,300 (plus delivery fees, of course).

Both versions of the new Smart ED come with a 17.6-kWh battery - which is unfortunately the same size as the previous generation, and a slightly improved all-electric range of about 70-80 miles (official EPA figures are not yet available, but the previous Smart ED netted 68 miles). They also will be able to refill in less time – about 2.5 hours to 80 percent full – thanks to a new 7-kW on-board charger that comes standard from Level 2, 240 volt outlet.

Also of note:  See full comparison spec sheet vs older model below

The Smart Car Of America forum says that even with the lower cost, the new base electric Fortwo models will come with cruise control, Bluetooth audio connections, LED daytime running lamps and CrossWind Assist. They also have 60 kW motors (which offer 81-horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque) to power them from zero to 62 miles per hour in a not-so-quick 11.5 seconds.

smart fortwo cabrio electric drive

smart fortwo cabrio electric drive

The arrival of the all-electric Smart Fortwo has been delayed somewhat (now noted as arrving in Summer). It was originally supposed to arrive in late 2016 and went on sale in Germany months ago. With a price this low, though – and with ultra-cheap lease deals sure to return for the new model the way they did for the previous edition – we're fine with the wait.

You can watch Fully Charged's review of the Smart Fortwo ED here and see more here and here.

Gallery Below: 2017 Smart ED Coupe and Cabrio

New 2017 smart ED vs last generation specs

New 2017 smart ED vs last generation specs

Source: Smart