Almost everyone has seen a Smart Fortwo go by and wondered what the shrimpy little car is all about. Despite its rather odd shape, the Smart is a mainstream mini that has earned a reputation among buyers who want the smallest car possible. The Electric Drive variant has no need for gas whatsoever, something that the target market might appreciate even more than the ability to make their own parking spaces.
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2015 smart fortwo electric drive Overview
What's New for 2015
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive coupe and convertible continue unchanged.
Choosing Your Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
As its name and appearance shout to you, the Fortwo seats just two passengers, but room is quite good since there's no back seat competing for space. A rear liftgate provides access to the cargo area, which is predictably small at 8 cubic feet. However, the passenger seats folds down so you can carry some fairly long items.
The Electric Drive is powered by a rear-mounted 55kW electric motor matched to a single-speed automatic transmission. The motor produces just 47 horsepower under normal operation, but output temporarily jumps to 75 horsepower under hard acceleration. The Electric Drive goes from 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds, which actually makes it significantly quicker than the gas-powered model. On a full charge, you're good for about 68 miles of driving. It takes six hours to recharge a fully depleted battery on a 240v outlet.
The Electric Drive carries more standard equipment than any other model in the Fortwo line. You get automatic headlamps and wipers, power windows and locks, 15-inch alloys wheels, heated power side mirrors and a two-speaker sound system. Coupes get a fixed glass roof panel, while the convertible carries a power soft top. Only the Electric Drive gets an electric power steering unit as standard.
- The available Cruise Control package tacks on cruise control and a handy trip computer.
- Heated leather seats come in the Comfort package, which also includes a retractable cargo cover.
- The Style package adds eco-themed green and white trim throughout, plus specific wheels, LED running lights, ambient interior lighting and expanded instrumentation.
- The Technology package tops things off with navigation and a seven-speaker surround-sound system.
Most of the package features are available individually so you build out the Electric Drive exactly how you want it.
All available options and packages are very reasonably priced. At a minimum, we recommend springing for the Cruise Control package and surround-sound system -- the latter to upgrade from a standard system with only two speakers. going without these items seems like too much of a sacrifice, even in a car this size.