2011 Smart fortwo electric drive  -  $45,587

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $45,587
Base Invoice: $0
Destination Charge: $750
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr Cpe
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: | Hwy:
Body Style: 2dr Cpe
Transmission: Single speed fixed gear transmission


Small size, zero emissions, good range with an 8-hour charge.

Model Highlights

With its small size and a target market of city-dwellers, the Smart Fortwo is well-suited to be converted to electric power. Smart's been working on its battery-powered version since 2006, and for 2011, early production versions will be available. In total, only 1,500 will be built throughout the 2011 model year, 250 of which are slated to come to the U.S. Offered on 48-month leases at $599 a month, they're not cheap, but Federal Government tax breaks on electric vehicles lower the bottom line fairly significantly.

The electric motor, which is mounted in the same location as the gasoline engine on standard Fortwos, can produce up to 40 hp in "Kickdown Mode," while under normal driving conditions, it provides just 27 hp. Torque is said to be 88.5 lb-ft, which is just slightly more than the gasoline version. The battery pack, which was developed by Tesla, puts out 16.5 kW, which Smart says is good for a range of 83 miles.

The 5-speed automatic transmission found in the regular production Fortwo isn't used here. In fact, the electric version uses a single speed. Smart says the combination gives performance close to that of other Fortwos, with a zero to 37 mph of around 6.5 seconds. Top speed is said to be 62 mph.

Brake regeneration is employed, as well as a 3.3-kW onboard charger that can fully recharge the batteries from a standard 220-volt outlet in less than 8 hours. Electric Fortwos contain the same safety features seen in gasoline versions, including several airbags, electronic stability control and crumple zones meant to absorb the force of an impact. However, with the batteries and electric motor, the Electric is a full 308 pounds heavier. Inside, the only changes over a basic Fortwo are two gauges placed on top of the dash, which track battery charge level and power being generated by the electric motor.

Model News

The electric version of the Smart Fortwo is new for 2011, but will only be available in limited numbers until production ramps up for 2012. Visible differences from the gasoline version of the Smart include green wheels, green mirror caps and a green safety cage. Tesla-developed batteries power a 40-hp electric motor, which is said to deliver the same performance as a comparable gasoline example.

Value Writeup

The Smart caused a big splash in the U.S. upon its introduction in 2008, providing an economical and safe subcompact alternative for buyers in the market for a city car. The all-electric version takes the concept a step further, offering both low cost of use as well as zero emissions to the already popular subcompact. It's an excellent choice for buyers living in large cities, as its smaller than the Chevy Volt, Honda Civic Hybrid and Nissan Leaf, yet it offers gasoline-like performance up to 60 mph, all while keeping a range of around 85 miles from an 8-hour charge.

Rear Wheel Drive

Cruising Range - City
0.00 mi

Cruising Range - Hwy
0.00 mi

Engine Type

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
40 @ -TBD-

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

EPA MPG Equivalent - City

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

Battery Range
63 mi

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
45.4 ft³

Front Head Room
39.7 in

Front Leg Room
41.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
48.0 in

Front Hip Room
45.4 in

73.5 in

Length, Overall
106.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
61.38 in

Height, Overall
60.71 in

Track Width, Front
50.51 in

Track Width, Rear
54.53 in

Trunk Volume
7.8 ft³

Base Curb Weight
1958 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x 4.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
28.7 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x -TBD- in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Rear Drum Diam x Width
8.0 x -TBD- in

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

20kW Zytek permanent magnet electric motor

Single speed fixed gear transmission

Rear wheel drive

Electric Green tridion safety cell -inc: electric green mirror caps, electric green grille

Front lower wishbone McPherson strut suspension -inc: anti-roll bar

Rear DeDion axle -inc: coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers

Rack & pinion steering

Electronic pwr assist steering

Dual-circuit regenerative front disc/rear drum brakes -inc: tandem servo assistance

15" green alloy wheels

P155/60R15 front & P175/55R15 rear all-season tires

Body colour bumpers & side skirts

Projector beam halogen headlights

Pwr heated mirrors

Speed-dependent interval wiper w/wash function

Intermittent rear wiper w/wash function

Entryline radio -inc: AM/FM stero, (2) speakers, USB & audio input jack

Cloth front bucket seats -inc: flat folding passenger seat, passenger backrest adjustment

3-spoke leather steering wheel w/paddle shifters

Instrumentation -inc: battery charge, battery draw

Outside temp display

Pwr windows

Pwr central lock system w/autolock

Remote keyless entry w/panic button

Air conditioning

PTC type heater

Rear window defroster

12V pwr outlet w/cover

Cup holder

Lockable glove box

Storage areas -inc: door panels, beside steering wheel

Visors w/passenger side mirror

Dome light

Electric green interior trim

Electric stability program w/hill assist

Traction control system

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution

Front full-size airbags w/seat weight detection

Front side curtain airbags

Front side airbags

Seat belts w/belt tensioner, belt-force limiter

Top tether for child restraint system

Tire pressure control system












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