2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive News & Update: Smart Creates New & Improved Third- Generation Vehicle

Dec 02, 2016 07:34 AM EST | Staff Reporter

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Smart has introduced an improved third generation of the conventional car model. Smart has recently introduced the third-generation car ideal for electrification, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, a beautiful tiny-two city runabout, battery-powered European city slicker. The forthcoming new-generation Electric drive coupe and convertible is just a proof that there is once again room for an electric version in the revamped version of the lineup of Smart ForTwo city-sized vehicle.

By testing the Smart ForTwo Electric drive, the experts found out that the car is very silent. Acceleration remains leisurely, though. The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes 11.4 seconds (11.7 for the Cabrio model) and the car tops out at a governed 81 mph, according to its maker. Though it is slower than the test result for the outgoing model, the new car may outperform its maker's estimates.

Despite its popularity, the shortest electric car on sale in the U.S is still zippy, compact and an urban warrior-though for many drivers, still unable to perform the duties of a primary car. Green Car reports that the Smart ForTwo Electric drive's greatest improvement to the revamped is its quicker charging time, slightly more range than the outgoing model which comes in a best overall package.

The 2017 SmartForTwo Electric Drive can go from empty to full in approximately 3 hours, using a 240-volt Level 2 station. Twice as fast the current model. The recharge is expected to take more than 13 hours using a conventional 1240-volt household outlet.

Car and Driver reported that the Smart ForTwo Electric drive is a 60-kilowatt (81-horsepower) electric motor producing 118 lb-ft of torque. A 17.69 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack sits under the passenger compartment, keeping the tall car's center of gravity as low as possible. When fully charged, it is estimated to have a range of 70 to 80 miles, roughly the same as the model it replaces-EPA-rated at 68 miles combined and perhaps slightly better, as well as more energy-efficient.

Compared to other electric car's air conditioning that the range instantly dropped by some percentage. The Smart ForTwo Electric drive clever climate-control settings sync with the range meter and re-evaluate the range once the desired temperature has been reached

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