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The 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive is a model of the third generation of this lineup and is offered to the entire world, the previous models were offered to selected companies for lease. This year the car received lots of updates including powerful unit and updated charging speed/time. The real world range of the car is claimed to 87 miles however, with the use of heater, air conditioning, radio, lights and even driving in cold weather will reduce the range automatically. The Smart ForTwo is a popular two seat car in the Europe and it is expected that the 2013 model year will also follow its vogue of success and appreciation.

Styling, Comfort and Specifications

The 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive is available in seven stunning colors including Crystal White, Deep Black, Gray Metallic, Rally Red, Gray Matte, Light Blue Metallic and Silver Metallic. The car has a conventional strikingly cute styling and the car measures a length of 106.1 inch, width of 61.4 inch and height of 60.7 inch with a curb weight of 2108 lbs. The exterior look of the 2013 model is almost same to the previous models as no big changes are made to it.

The interior of the 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive is quite comfortable and spacious for two persons. The interior gets cloth upholstery, remote power door locks, front door pockets and front cup holders for convenience, power trunk release, leather steering wheel, leather trims on shift knob, 2 speaker audio system, AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo, USB and auxiliary audio input.

Powertrain and Performance

As the name shows, the 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive is an electric car and so it is obvious that the car gets power from an electric motor that is paired with a lithium ion battery pack. The car gets power from an upgraded 55 kilowatt electric motor paired with a 16.7 Kwh lithium ion battery pack. The Drivetrain generates up to 74 horsepower and 95 lb ft of torque. The Drivetrain is mated with 1-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive top speed is 77.7 mph that sprints the car from 0-62 mph in 11.5 seconds. The battery charging time is cut to seven hours if charging on the 240 volt charging station or you can even get the battery fully charged in just one hour if the charging station is 400 volts. The EPA rated fuel economy is 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

Occupant Safety

The 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive is equipped with lots of good safety features including 4 wheel ABS, dual front side airbags, front headrests, electronic brakeforce distribution, child seat anchors, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and post collision safety system.

Pricing and availability

The 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive is available in the market since spring 2013 at a base price of $25,750.

Key Competitors

The key competitors of the 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive are Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in, Ford C-MAX Energi and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Pros

  • Impressive mileage of 87-90 miles on fully charged battery
  • Lots of attractive color option including neat white and green color
  • Smart and well equipped cabin

Cons

  • Low top speed
  • Almost similar to the 2012 model year
  • Small and chunky look

The Verdict

The 2013 Smart ForTwo electric drive looks pretty smart in terms of environment safety and fuel efficiency however in terms of styling and comfort there are lots of more versatile cars out their in the market. The ED is a bit priecy as in the same price range one can get an efficient petrol car like Volkswagen Up.

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