Smart Prices 3rd Gen Fortwo Electric Drive at $26,990 in Canada; Deliveries to Start This Spring

5 years ago by Eric Loveday 15

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe

Smart officially finalized Canadian pricing for its third-generation Fortwo Electric Drive and it’s within spitting distance of what us US buyers will be required to pay for soon-to-launch urban electric.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive cabriolet.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive cabriolet.

Over in Canada, pricing for the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe starts at CDN $26,990 ($26,398 US).  The drop-top cabriolet version of the 3rd-generation Electric Drive starts at CDN$29,990 ($29,326 US).

Surprisingly, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is one of a few vehicles to have similar pricing in the US and Canada.  For comparison, US pricing for the 3rd-gen electric Fortwo is listed at $25,000 (prior to incentives) for the coupe and $28,000 (prior to incentives) for the cabriolet.

So, in the case of the Fortwo Electric Drive, Canadians are only charged a slight premium of what US buyers will dish out to purchase the electric Smart.

Additionally, some areas of Canada receive even greater government incentives than that of the $7,500 tax credit in the US.  For example, Ontario residents get a $8,500 rebate when the purchase of an EV is made (not as a credit at tax time).

Additionally, Smart announced that its dealers across Canada are currently accepting orders for the third-generation Fortwo Electric Drive and says that the first batch of vehicle will be delivered this Spring, which is identical to what Smart says for the US.

The Electric Drive’s electric Daimler/Bosch motor churns out 96 pound-feet of torque and up to 55 kilowatts (74 hp).  On a full charge, range is listed at up to 86 miles in city traffic, but typical drivers should expect to see real-world range in mid 60s.

For more on the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, check out this summarized review.

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15 responses to "Smart Prices 3rd Gen Fortwo Electric Drive at $26,990 in Canada; Deliveries to Start This Spring"

  1. kdawg says:

    Hmm, not as big (physically) or as good of range as a Spark EV, but a sub $20K price after incentives is impressive. I wonder how much pressure this puts on the Spark EV pricing?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Probably not as much as the ’13 LEAF does, (=

      It will be interesting to see how GM intends to handle the new competition hitting the market now….as well as the $6,400 Nissan lopped off the price on the LEAF.

    2. Mike says:

      There is also the possibility the Spark EV will only be available in limited markets, while the Smart Electric Drive does not have roll-out areas.

    3. Gwido says:

      In Canada, the Spark EV will only be sold to fleets.
      We’re anxiously awaiting price and availability announcements on the 2013 LEAF though.

  2. Suprise Cat says:

    Is the battery included, because in Europe, Smart is also renting the battery.

  3. James says:

    OK, so in northern states in winter, this means nearly $30,000 for a
    40 mile uber range-anxiety city ( and I mean small city ) grocery-getter.

    I think I’d take the bus.

    It makes this Smart much more of a toy than a tool. Folks with short
    trip needs and extreme parking limitations in large/mid/small metro
    areas can save $28,000 by taking light rail or public transportation.
    I think the decision is easy on that one! Seats 2 – puts a target on
    your life vs. SUVs and trucks and just looks silly.

    I’d say USA annual sales in the teens….?

    Truly the definiton of the EV “golf cart”

    1. James says:

      My kids and I call “Smart” cars “Dumb Cars” – think about it –
      Mini Cooper mileage in a death trap in the suburbs where SUVs
      that weigh 4,000-5,000 reign supreme. Are you SO GREEN that
      you want “Joe Had A Death Wish” written on your tombstone?

      The purchase decision for this toy belongs to a tiny, slim slice
      of the population. I put Smarts in the “What Where They Thinking?!”
      category. It’s not about mileage, they don’t get much. It’s not about
      practicality – to haul groceries you have to drive alone. It’s not about
      safety – they have none. Performance? HA! It really only boils down
      to, “It’s cute and I wanted one”, and folks in urban settings with absolutely
      no room to park much of anything – in which case a stand up electric scooter
      a maxi-scooter, bike, feet or public transportation makes a whole
      heckuva lot more sense.

      1. James says:

        Oh yeah, it’s not about, “It’s cheap and affordable”, because they aren’t.

      2. Jaycee says:

        Yeah, I’m totally with you there. smart cars are dumb. The REAL smart cars are Humvees. They show you’re a truly successful American, that you’re rich, handsome, good with women, and with a very, very large penis. 😉

  4. Rob says:

    @James: Ah, it’s good to see that the smart/small car haters are still around after 5 years still spouting the same crap. Safety? Mercedes designed the car for repeat buyers and we’ve had owners hit by F150s go and by another afterward. People can and will die in every make and model produced (like truck and SUV rollovers), but the low insurance rates are not because greedy insurance companies like the car, it’s because they don’t pay out as much in damages and medical claims. See IIHS claims studies, you know, for actual facts. My smart has been as far west as Kansas CIty, east to Virginia Beach, south to Orlando (for autox and drag racing smarts) and north to Philadelphia and most places in between (Indianapolis, Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Delaware, Tail of the Dragon, NC…). Somehow, after thousands of miles of interstate driving and nearly 5 years of ownership, I’ve survived and managed nearly 44 MPG over the life of the car. See XCAPEPOD on Fuelly.com for each and every fuel up for more of those pesky facts. Oh, and I paid less than $14K for mine in 2008, another unnecessary fact I guess.

    Cargo space? The wife and I shop for groceries all the time in the smart and have packed a week’s work of luggage in the back for vacations (couple suitcases, couple bags, miscellaneous stuff). Oh, that’s right, you’ve never actually been in the car or used the cargo space, so you wouldn’t really know how much space is in the car for two people and their stuff. Outside a hotel in KC, I had a guy in Saturn Sky convertible wish for the same cargo space as the smart.

    I hit a deer with it the day after I bought it. The plastic panels sustained no damage and I only had to replace a busted headlight, which I did myself (probably another reason for those low insurance rates). Since then, I’ve swapped the body panels for a different color. Kind of hard to change all the body panels on a car for a new set in a different color for about $700 and some time.

    I’ll make you a deal, you keep on spouting your Strap-on Utility Vehicle crap and I’ll keep racking up miles in my cheap to purchase, insure, and fuel up smart. With gas prices like they are and where they will be this summer, I’ll just keep laughing all the way to the bank. Deal?

    1. Mark H says:

      Good response Rob. I have to admit, I suffer the same small car blues as James with one exception, my kids remind me that ‘the times they are a changin”. Years ago when I traveled Europe for business I recall my ‘American” bewilderment over the shrinking auto especially in Italy. The Smart Car may do more to pave the way for the Fiat 500, i-MiEV, etc. in that it is well beyond our American paradigms of what we think an auto should be. At least half of the US is looking for an alternative solution. We in the EV community (myself included) only see the EV as the answer. It is the mantra on this site. We forget sometimes that hybrids like the Prius and efficient ICEs like the Smart are part of the “current” equation. Now we will still argue that by 2050 even the Smart will get religion and turn to electric power. For the size issue, if I had to be on who wins the Darwinian battle the Smart or the SUV, I would put my money on the Smart. Like EVs, it just gonna be a long time coming. Then it is gonna be a long time gone…

      1. Rob says:

        I completely understand that the smart or Fiat or iQ or an EV isn’t for everyone. No car fills everyone’s needs and that’s why we have the choices we have. I just wish people who dislike a particular car would say that: I don’t like “X” car, it’s too small for my needs and my family, I don’t care for the styling, I need more than a two seater, etc. That’s all fine and dandy to say “I” don’t like “X” car. I don’t like the Nissan Quest or Honda Odyssey because I think they’re ugly and are too big for my taste, but I’m sure others love them and that’s what makes the world go round.

        However, it’s another matter for me to claim that the Nissan Quest is an unsafe death trap, gets poor fuel economy in its class, is cheaply made, is unreliable, etc. when I have nothing to substantiate those claims except my dislike of the brand or vehicle. I can dislike it all I want and can state my opinion, but that doesn’t make my other claims true, especially when published data can likely disprove my statements. Nothing against Quest or Odyssey owners, I’m sure they are very practical vehicles that meet your needs.

        The main reason I think many people dislike small cars (or EVs or hybrids), doesn’t really have anything to do with the cars themselves. It’s what these vehicles represent: a change. These vehicles are a sign that our historically cheap gas (compared to the rest of the world) and our God given ‘Murican right to drive the biggest gas sucking 8 passenger SUV at 85 mph with one person on board is in danger of being infringed upon and people don’t like the sound of that future. Besides they feel safer when they can drive their invincible 4WD SUVs at 70 mph on slick roads while yacking on their cell phones and eating breakfast. Yep, 4WD doesn’t do a darn thing for stopping 3 tons of metal before plowing into a concrete barrier, rolling over and being crushed to death when the roof collapses under those same 3 tons. And while I see way too many of those idiots, I’m not going to drive a tractor trailer to work so I can one-up some other guy. It’s a never ending size escalation that will eventually be put to an end with the reality of fuel prices.

        By the way, I would love to have an electric smart. In my state, I could buy one for $10K with the federal and state incentives. Alas, I commute too far and their is no charging infrastructure where I work. Maybe someday…

        1. Rob says:

          And, one other quick thing. I have multiple vehicles that I can drive: a 4WD truck, a 5 door Soul and the smart. I drive the smart mostly because it’s fun to drive and easy to park – sort of like an enclosed motorcycle. With gas around $4 a gallon and a 75 mile a day commute, being cheap to drive doesn’t hurt either.

          1. Mark H says:

            I hear ya man. I drive a 4WD truck along side my Chevy Volt too! Just bought a used Prius for my daughter to sip the gas. Keep preachin! You are making a difference!

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