New Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Heads to US in Spring 2017

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Sep 24, 2016

    Yeah ... Buying a smart car isn't that smart.

  • Smart Electric Smart Electric on Oct 14, 2016

    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.