Typical Questions and Answers about the Smart Fortwo electric drive.
Q: The Smart ED has been around for awhile now right?
A: The unique EV is currently on it’s 3rd generation. A 100 were tested in London in 2007, followed by 2000 of the 2nd generation sold between 2009-2012 in eighteen markets. Over 4000 of the 3rd gen have been sold since 2013.
Q: What are the smart fortwo electric drive emissions?
A: The smart fortwo electric drive does not emit any CO2, carbon monoxide, soot, particulate matter or pollutants.
Q: How long does it take to recharge the smart fortwo electric drive?
A: It takes three and a half hours to charge the battery from 20 to 80 percent of its capacity. An empty battery can be fully charged in no more than eight hours.
Q: What running costs are associated with operating the vehicle?
A: As the electric drive does not need any engine oil and the drivetrain only has a few moving parts, the running costs for the smart fortwo electric drive are less than half of the running costs for a smart with a gasoline engine. The wearing parts such as tires, brakes, etc. are identical to those of the standard smart fortwo. Except for regular charging, the high-tech battery is maintenance-free and lasts for up to 10 years (depending on use).
Q: Electric vehicles barely make any noise. Doesn’t this present a danger for other road users if the vehicle isn’t heard as it approaches?
A: It is a fact that, unlike vehicles with combustion engines, electric vehicles barely produce any driving/motor noise. Artificial warning sounds for pedestrians have been automatically activated in the U.S. and Japan, but are manually activated in Europe.
Q: Where is the battery positioned?
A: The battery is positioned in the underfloor below the driver’s seat, which means that the full interior space remains and no compromises are made with regard to comfort, space or safety when compared to the gasoline-powered smart ED.
Q: Does the Smart electric drive have electric power steering?
Q: If the vehicle is heavier, does this mean that it is also slower than the original fortwo model?
A: The smart fortwo electric drive has no gearshift and accelerates to 0-60 MPH: 11.5 sec. Note that he high torque of the electric motor is immediately available and this provides for strong initial acceleration).
Q: Does the additional weight lead to greater under steering of the smart fortwo electric drive?
A: No. Thanks to the lower center of gravity, the smart fortwo electric drive has very good directional stability. The vehicle also features the latest generation ESP.
Q: Is the transmission any different to that of the normal smart?
A: Thanks to the power characteristic of the electric motor, the smart fortwo electric drive needs just one single fixed gear ratio. The electric motor’s direction of rotation changes to drive the car forwards and backwards.
Q: Is air conditioning available as an option?
A: Air conditioning is included in the standard spec of the smart fortwo electric drive.
Q: Heating and air conditioning consume electricity. How does this reduce the range?
A: This depends on the use of the heating and air conditioning and the outside temperature. However, the power electronics regulate the heating and air conditioning so as to minimise the strain on the battery. Furthermore, the SDC display on the dashboard signals when the battery is running low and the car needs to be recharged at the nearest station.
Q: Is it safe to use an electric vehicle in wet weather conditions?
A: Yes. There are no restrictions on usage.
Q: Does the vehicle have high-silica tires (with low rolling resistance) like the hybrid cars Honda Insight and Toyota Prius?
A: The Smart ED uses low-resistance Kumho Ecsta RH11 tires (155/60 R15 74T)
Q: Can the bodypanels be exchanged as with other smart models or adapted for company cars?
A: Yes. The exterior is identical to that of a normal smart fortwo. Since 2007, the smart fortwo electric drive has been the first TRUE electric vehicle where no compromises have to be accepted.
Q: When will the smart fortwo be available to everyone?
A: The smart fortwo became available for consumers to purchase in phase three of launch with the 2013 model year.
Q: What is the power output of the electric motor?
A: Peak power output of 55 kW (74 hp)
Q: What are the Specs for the 2013 Smart Ed?
A: Torque: 130 newton metres (96 lbf·ft), Top Speed: 78 MPH (125 km/h), 0-60 MPH: 11.5 sec, Range: 90 miles (145 km), MPGe: 122 city, 93 highway and 107 combined.
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