As of the 2013 model year, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive (ED) will be the least expensive electric automobile you can purchase from a major carmaker. Smart USA says the sticker price for the new battery-powered Fortwo will be $25,000 before any applicable rebates. The fancier cabriolet version tacks on another $3,000. Both cars will arrive in U.S. showrooms by the spring of 2013. Since being acquired by Mercedes-Benz, Smart vehicles have seen a rapid rise in sales. In fact, the first nine months of 2012 witnessed a doubling of sales compared to that same time frame in 2011.
For a quick look at the Smart Fortwo ED in action on the streets of Canada, see the video clip below. It’s quiet, small, trendy, and now the least expensive electric car you can buy, in Canada or the U.S. The reviewer likes the ease of parking, which is a huge advantage in crowded cities. The Fortwo, so named because of its seating capacity, offers a 90-mile driving range on a single charge, tops out at 78 mph, and requires about 4 hours to charge its battery from 20 to 80 percent on a 240-volt outlet. As the narrator correctly points out, Smart took its time perfecting their electric car, but now it seems like they have the system down pat, having delivered a truly economical EV that just about anyone can afford.
At about $8.000 less than a Nissan Leaf, its closest competitor, the Smart Fortwo could make a huge impact on U.S. electric car sales, considering that the already low $25,000 starting price can be greatly reduced by federal and state rebates.
For more information about the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive cars, see the automaker’s official corporate website: