Walking in smart is more a way of life than a means of transportation. The idea of an all-electric smart goes hand in hand with its urban vocation. Better, this type of motorization as clean as silent suits him perfectly.
For the new generation of its electric smart, Mercedes-Benz arrived at about the same conclusions as General Motors with the Chevrolet Volt a decade ago. Indeed, according to Mercedes research, the average European travels about 35 km per day, two to three days a week. The distances being greater – and the way of life different – from the side of the country to the eccentric president, we speak of 65 km a day, four days a week.
Hence a battery of 17.6 kWh, giving a autonomy of approximately 160 km for the new smart fortwo electric drive 2017. Thus, the diminutive car fulfills perfectly its role of city car while consuming only a few kilowatts / hour.
Plugged into a 12 volt household outlet, it will take approximately 16.5 hours to recharge the battery. With a 240 volt terminal, count about 3 hours for a full recharge. The electric motor, air-cooled, makes 60 kW or 81 horsepower for a pair of 118 lb-ft.
As far as driving is concerned, it’s a bit like aesthetics … very few differences. The all-pervasive noise of the gasoline engine gives way to an “electric silence”: there is only the noise of the tires on the bitumen, the low noise of the wind, the “sagging” of the electric motor and the Sound of the air conditioner that keep company with the driver. As one would expect from an electric machine, the accelerations are vivid. In fact, the 0-100 km / h, according to smart, is the case of 11.5 seconds, which is good, but not extraordinary.
Unlike the previous generation of the electric smart, the suspension provides a very good level of comfort. At least on the roads in perfect condition of Florida, where we tried it. The steering, on the other hand, seemed to me a little less lively than that of the petrol version, but the turning radius is still as short and fun.
The smart fortwo electric drive will land at dealerships in the spring of 2017. If the prices are not yet known, we already know that only the Passion version will be offered. The coupé and the convertible will be entitled to the ionized motorization.