2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

For diehard fans of the Smart Fortwo, particularly of the Electric Drive version, 2012 ushers in the third-generation of the pint-sized electric two-seater. Aside from a host of upgrades for 2012, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive gets a very welcome price drop.

Smart says the 2012 Electric Drive checks in at just 16,000 euros ($21,886 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in Germany before VAT (a purchase tax that ranges from 10 to 20 percent in most European countries). Don't get too excited yet, as that low-ball price doesn't include the Fortwo's battery pack, which costs $82 a month to rent from Smart.

Smart has yet to reveal U.S. pricing for the 2012 Fortwo Electric Drive, so we can't be sure if a price drop (or battery leasing) will be applied here in the States, too. Smart says it will start taking reservations for the electric Fortwo in the fourth quarter of 2011. Click here for more details on Smart's third-gen electric.
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Attractive entry into electro-mobility for less than EUR 16,000 net - The new smart fortwo electric drive: Big driving fun - small price

Sep 13, 2011

"Environmentally-friendly driving fun at a customer-friendly price" – it is under this motto that the new smart fortwo electric drive will be launched spring 2012 on more than 30 markets around the world. In Germany, it will be available to order for less than EUR 16,000 net – plus just the monthly rental fee for the battery.

"The smart electric drive is now on sale worldwide – with the fun continuing right into the price," says smart boss Dr. Annette Winkler. "The electric smart has what it takes to bring a little more quality-of-life to our cities. But a car that wants to change the world can't cost the earth. For this reason, we are offering the new electric smart within our sale&care model for considerably less than EUR 16,000 before tax – plus less than EUR 60 per month for battery rental. Anybody wishing to buy or lease the vehicle with the battery can, of course, do that, too."

If you want to be there from the start – register online!
Starting right now, interested parties can complete a no-obligation registration process on www.smart.com to be kept up-to-date with the latest information about the new electric smart. Those who would like to be among the first owners of the new third-generation smart fortwo electric drive will have the opportunity to reserve one online as of the fourth quarter 2011.

The third generation can do everything better
The further developed third-generation drive technology delivers 100 percent driving fun with zero emissions. The 55 kW electric motor now breaks through the 120 km/h mark, ensuring that the feel-good factor on the urban autobahn is now the same as the one that kicks in within 5 seconds of sprinting away from the lights. That is how quickly it now accelerates from 0 to 60 km/h. And thanks to 130 Newton meters of torque, the new electric smart is now more responsive at higher speeds – and accelerates from
0 to 100 km/h in less than 13 seconds.

The new smart fortwo electric drive exceeds its popular predecessor in every regard. It has more range – considerably more than 140 kilometers – enabled by the new lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17.6 kWh that comes for the first time from Deutsche Accumotive. Morever, charge time has been significantly shortened. Completely empty, the battery can be fully recharged at a household outlet or charging station in a maximum of eight hours – or overnight, if you will. It can be done even faster – in less than one hour – with the optional rapid charge function using a 22 kW on-board charger.

"The smart fortwo has excelled itself. It was already the pioneer in urban mobility and, with the new electric drive, is now once again setting benchmarks with even more driving fun and environmental compatibility," says Dr. Annette Winkler. "The much-quoted electric era is now definitely upon us." As a result, production at the smart factory in Hambach, France has already been ramped up to a five-figure volume.

Travel in Germany complete CO2-free
"Furthermore," adds Dr. Annette Winkler, "we will ensure that our customers will be able to drive the new electric smart in Germany completely CO2-free. We will – with no prompting from the renewable energy law – make available the same amount of 'green' electricity as that consumed by all third-generation smart fortwo electric drives sold."
Two generation of the smart fortwo electric drive in comparison


Second generation

Third generation
Production volume

> 2,000 vehicles

Five-figure production volume
Availability

18 markets

More than 30 markets
Output

20 kW constant 30 kW peak

35 kW constant 55 kW peak
Vmax

100 km/h

> 120 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 km/h

6.5 s

5 s
Battery

Lithium-ion battery from Tesla

Lithium-ion battery from Deutsche Accumotive