Video: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive = The Ultimate City EV


Every electric vehicle has an application in which it excels.

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For the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, its application is in the urban centers of the world.

With its tight turning radius, ability to park almost anywhere and punchy low-speed acceleration, the Fortwo ED could well be the ideal city electric.

The folks at Autobytel agree with us on this one, saying this of the Fortwo ED:

“Small……..? Yes! But the smart electric drive is a great city car that is perfect for the commuter who does not mind a little razzing from the boys. A regular smart fortwo is known for its cheap base price and excellent gas mileage. This car here though is ELECTRIC. Over in Europe these cars sell like hotcakes because they are perfect for those who live in the cramped city. Over here in the U.S. the smart car just doesn’t get any respect. The smart electric drive changes all that thanks to the GREEEN factor.”

“Base price on the smart for two electric drive is $25,000 which seems like a lot with cars like the Nissan Versa and Ford Focus starting in the $15k range. Then you realize that in the world of Electric Vehicle’s where the Ford Focus EV starts in the mid-$30k range, the smart electric car is a great buy. But the real icing on the cake is all the Government incentives. The Federal Gov. is issuing a $7500 tax credit and many states have an EV rebate too! That can reduce the cost by up to $10k. The cherry on top is the $139 lease smart is offering on this electric car.”

So, if you’re looking for the ideal urban EV on the cheap, look no further than the Smart ED.

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11 responses to "Video: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive = The Ultimate City EV"
  1. Nelson says:

    Talk about a dry review.


    1. Brandon says:

      It’s faster than the volt.

  2. Warren says:

    Once again, this car is unobtainable outside the CARB/ZEV states. Four years into the lithium revolution, the only electric cars currently available to the vast majority of Americans, as in, go to the dealer-drive one-buy one, are the Leaf and the Volt.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      If you are looking for one Warren, it will be out nationally in the US in a couple months.

      The smart ED originally was going to be out nationally in the fall, but it appears Daimler really under estimated demand worldwide (as it is available in more than a dozen countries now) given the 9 months worth of back-orders – which meant no dealer inventory available to roll out nationally here on time (or no Cabrios regionally anymore).

      /forgivable excuse this time I think, (;

    2. Bill Howland says:

      Warren, agreed thats a puzzler, I’m in Buffalo, NY and the local mercedes dealership has a very small “Smart Adjunct” tacked onto to the side of it. What is surprising here is they have 18 Electric Drive models for sale when the typical chevy dealership only has 1 or 2. So where ever you live, its suprising they don’t also sell the Smart EV since they’re not spending anything on training since even the salesmen don’t know anything about it.

  3. Brandon says:

    True statement, Greatest City Car, and one of the best EV’s on the market, one of the coolest as well.

  4. Brandon says:

    The car is not small, it has more cargo space than i need and 2 seats are plenty. Why drive around a car with unnecessary length if you dont need it?

    1. sven says:

      Don’t be silly. The car IS small. Arguing that a Smart Fortwo ED is not small is like arguing that a Hummer H2 is not big.

  5. Kevin says:

    NY is one of the states with stricter emissions and mfr need to sell ev’s there.
    Not a shocker that the Smart EV just sits on the lot with no help from the sales team.

  6. Warren says:

    Yes. New York is one of the states with stricter standards. Interestingly, I suspect the i3 may end up on dealer’s lots here sooner than the Smart.

  7. Warren says:

    It drives me crazy that Ford abandoned the Think City. Here was a car designed over a decade ago that was lighter than a Smart Fortwo ED, bigger pack, more range, plastic and aluminum, never rust. If they had subsidized the price of of this car, the way other majors have to get their cars out there, it could have been a success before the others ever came to market.