New Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Heads to US in Spring 2017

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The new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive made its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Boasting 80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, this urban all-electric vehicle will be available in coupe or convertible form in the U.S., with the coupe arriving in spring 2017. The Smart ForTwo Cabriolet is the only electric convertible on the market and will arrive U.S. dealerships in summer 2017. The automaker is also adding an electric variant to the Smart ForFour, but that won’t be available in the U.S.

On the generous Euro NEDC cycle, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will return approximately 99 miles (160 kilometers), but expect that figure to be less on the U.S. cycle. Smart has said U.S. range and overall electric motor specifications will be revealed closer to launch. It will, however, be faster to charge thanks to a high-performance on-board charger. The automaker estimates the U.S. preliminary new-generation charge time will be 2.5 hours, compared to the previous model’s 5.5 hours.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Priced from $19,650

Both models will have a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h) and will do the standard zero-to-60 mph sprint in 11.4 seconds for the coupe and 11.7 seconds for the convertible.

“The smart is the ideal city car, and with electric drive it becomes a little bit more perfect,” says Annette Winkler, head of Smart. “This is why we will soon be offering our entire range – smart fortwo, smart cabrio and even our smart forfour – as all-electric versions. Together with lots of smart fans and enthusiastic drivers of the predecessor generations, we are looking forward to the unique driving fun offered by the new smart electric drive at very attractive prices, especially in countries where there is a buyer’s premium.”

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  • smartacus

    i just read 80% charge on 110V requires a whopping 22 hours.

    and they dare sell something with only 99 miles of range?

    …why did Suzuki USA go out of business again?

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Yeah … Buying a smart car isn’t that smart.

  • Yunzer

    Almost nobody charges an electric car using the 120 volt “emergency” adapter. They use a 240 volt level 2 charging station at home or in many parking garages/lots with up to 50 amps capacity. So the 2.5 hour charging time is correct.

    99 miles range is capable of doing all everyday driving where I live.

  • smartacus

    if almost nobody charges an electric car using the 120 volt “emergency” adapter, they would not mention it, they would not even have it.

    99 miles range is good enough for you so it must be good for everyone,
    uh huh.

  • Yunzer

    Even a Tesla would charge agonizingly slow from a standard 120 volt US circuit. It is a property of the electric supply (only 1800 max. watts) – not the car. Do you know any physics? And yes, as an owner of a Smart ED, I’ve never used the 120 volt EVSE except to make sure it works.

    The 99 miles is good enough for the commutes of 95% of those who commute by car.

  • Fact : If your commute is 70 km or less per day, charging on the 120V EVSE that comes with the car is perfectly acceptable.

    I have driven 3 years and 20,000 km with only charging on the 120V cord, every night for almost 1000 nights.

    Car has been PERFECT. I just spent $3 today for a rear blinker light, … $3 !!!! This is the cheapest, and most fun way to commute in the city.

  • smartacus

    80% charge on 110V requires a whopping 22 hours.

    and they dare sell something with only 99 miles of range?

    if almost nobody charges an electric car using the 120 volt “emergency” adapter, they would not mention it, they would not even have it.

    99 miles range is good enough for you so it must be good for everyone,
    uh huh.

  • McLaren

    I’ve been charging my EV’s for 3 years now and had my 120 upgraded to a 240 before I got my first EV. Majority of everyone with an EV charges on 240. Costs $70 for an electrician to upgrade your circuit.

  • McLaren

    Says a person that isn’t smart.