Smart ForspeED EV Concept
An impressive concept car design was recently released by the folks at Smart, a company best known in the EV world for the Smart ForTwo. While the Smart ForTwo has, until now, held a monopoly on the Smart EV line, that may all soon change. Say hello to the Smart ForspeED EV concept.
Even though the Smart ForspeED EV is still only a concept car and has little or no chance of making it to actual production, it’s still an impressive little thing. This concept car has one of the most aggressive designs ever to come from the Smart think tank, and it shows off the artsy side of Smart much better than anything else in their past.
The Smart ForspeED EV has a design based on the world of speedboats with little speedboat mirrors and bucket seats much like those found in speedboats. There is no roof and no windshield, just a wind deflecting screen, much like that on a speedboat, with an integrated solar cell substructure. The color scheme is a maritime white and lime green, which is soothing to the eye and even looks environmentally friendly. The electric motor is mounted in the rear and is capable of generating 40 horsepower. It comes with a cute over boost function that pumps in an extra seven horsepower for when you really need to fly. The top speed of this Smart EV concept is imagined at 75 miles per hour and it can theoretically go about 85 miles on a single charge.
As far as entertainment and convenience goes, this little cherry bomb has a built-in water bottle and an iPhone dock right at the passenger seat’s eye-level. Unfortunately, this gadget takes the place of the passenger airbag, which is only not a problem if the ForspeED remains a concept car. There are very few other amenities inside the cabin as the electric nature of this concept encourages a minimalistic feel.
On the outside of the car, the headlights and rear lights are groovy and fresh with a funky, light-up windmill design that will set this Smart EV apart if it ever makes it to the road. The sides of the car are smooth with a glaring absence of any outer door handles. You’ll have to reach inside the car to open the doors – or just leap over them like they do in the movies.
Some close cousins of this concept car in the EV world that just beg comparisons are the REVA-NXG, the REVARenault Twizy, and the Smart Crossblade.
Although the REVA-NXG has more dashboard amenities than the ForspeED, with a touch screen display and a GPRS modem wrapped up with a wireless tablet, it’s a lot uglier.
The design is boxy and it looks like something out of a 1980s box office smash depicting the future. The REVA-NXG may boast a top speed and range of nearly twice that of the ForspeED, but it would still be an embarrassment to be seen in one.
One of the first in the Renault EV world, theRenault Twizy features a joined driver and passenger seat and feels as much like a scooter as the ForspeED feels like a speedboat. The top speed of the Renault Twizy is only about 50 miles per hour. There is also an entry-level version with a top speed of about 30 miles per hour, which can even be driven without a license in some countries. This Renault EV can hardly be classified as a car as it is more of a glorified golf cart. Still, the design is cute, sleek, and futuristic, and it would look great alongside a ForspeED, even if it would lose hands down in a fair race.
The closest thing to the ForspeED is another open concept car from Smart, the Smart Crossblade. It too features the wind-in-your-face approach and also does away with the doors entirely, replacing them with a sturdy crossbar. The Smart Crossblade is fun and small and features about 60 horsepower, giving it the competitive edge over the ForspeED’s 40. The exterior of the car comes in blacks and grays but the seat cushions are a sizzling hot red.
The Crossblade, much like the ForspeED is an entertainment-only car intended strictly for leisure and exhilaration.