So what could make the smart fortwo even more desirable than it already is for an inner city commuter?
How about an all-electric smart ED (electronic drive) model?
Wishes were granted for many that said this was the only thing missing from the smart line. In late 2010, the smart raised the economy and green stakes again with its foray into the land of 100% electrically powered vehicles.
The smart car ED has combined the high technology smart has become known for having equal doses of practicality and ingenuity. The resulting car is an energy-efficient, zero-emissions vehicle that does everything you could want from an urban commuter – without gas emissions or noise.
In keeping with the promise of all “green” products, the emissions from the Smart Fortwo all-electric car are non-existent. There are ZERO, measurable, trace amounts of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons or any other components of greenhouse gases.
About 250 of the smart EDs were made available on a limited lease basis from select, authorized dealers in the fall of 2010. The experiment in exposure for the ED was designed to allow customers to lease the smart ED for $600 monthly with a $2,500 deposit for a term of four years.
2011 has been an interesting year for smart because of limited production and availability. However, the shift in consumer consciousness in anything that decreases reliance on the gas pump is creating the strongest levels of interest in electric cars seen yet.
The marketing specialists at smart have taken notice and have placed a link on their web site for prospective owners to sign-up to get the latest updates on the smart fortwo electric drive. Demand was expected to be high when commercial sales of the ED begin in early 2012.
In 2013, Daimler, the parent company of smart, GmbH, the makers of the smart car fortwo, are anticipating dramatically increasing production to meet the expected strong demand
New models of the smart ED will be getting a needed boost in power, with a rated output in new drive systems of 55kW versus the previous power rating of 30 kW. The new drive system was developed in conjunction with highly touted German auto supplier Bosch.
smart, GmbH has disclosed that the new smart ED has the capability to accelerate from zero-to-62 MPH in under 13 seconds. Preliminary top speed numbers are in the 75 MPH range.
Considering this evolution of the smart is yet another urban commuter, these numbers are more than sufficient to power the vehicle in its intended role an urban microcar.
Among many of the noteworthy performance benchmarks of the new smart ED are the range achievable in urban settings and while operating at warm, typical temperatures. The ED was able to reach 98-miles on a full charge. This was measured while within the requisites of the US EPA LA4 test cycle. Naturally, conservative driving will help you conserve the cars energy usage. The faster you go, the faster the batteries will drain.
When combining city and highway driving, US EPA estimates place the range of the ED at 63 miles. This is in large part due to a newly designed lithium-ion battery furnished by battery specialist Deutsche Accumotive.
Connecting the ED to a standard 220V electrical outlet enables it to recharge in less than eight-hours when a full charge is needed. With 20% to 80% of capacity, recharging the battery takes 3-and-one-half hours to become fully charged. An eight-hour charge is also achievable when using an ordinary household 110V outlet or a charging station of equal rating.
The smart fortwo ED was tailor-made for inner city jaunts. With the standard lithium battery, the smart ED enjoys a low center-of-gravity, quieter ride and better handling with the extra weight of the batteries.