14.1.2013New smart fortwo ED available now
The new smart fortwo electric drive is now available to purchase for the first time. The fully electric version of smart's compact two-seater combines the benefits of the original car with zero emission driving.
The car can be plugged into a standard 13A household socket or public charging point and can be charged from flat to full in seven hours, meaning an overnight charge will leave the battery full for the morning.
The new electric smart is powered by a 55 kW magneto electric motor that accelerates the vehicle from 0 to 62 mph in just 11.5 seconds. An all-new 17.6 kWh lithium ion battery stores energy on-board the vehicle, adequate for a driving range of up to 90 miles.
An optional 22kW onboard charger (£2,650) means it is possible to fully charge a completely empty battery in approximately one hour when connecting the supporting power cable to a public quick-charging station. This capability is beginning to be seen on new version electric cars and makes them far more attractive to motorists.
The electric smart car is offered with a new sales method, known as sales&care, providing the customer with a range of payment options. In addition to the 'standard' options of outright purchase, finance purchase and leasing (encompassing both the car and battery) are available, offering customers a choice between up-front cash or lease payments.
Prices start from £12,275 plus £55 per month battery rental, which provides a battery capacity and maintenance promise, and free battery replacement for up to 10 years. At the end of the agreement, the customer simply returns the battery, or extends the lease to a maximum of 10 years. Outright purchase prices start at £15,395 on the road.
The electric smart fortwo qualifies for the Government's Plug-in Car Grant, meaning 25% off up to a maximum of £5,000 – this is all dealt with by your smart dealer. Customers purchasing a smart fortwo electric drive using the standard purchasing route will qualify for the maximum Grant of £5,000, and through the sale&care route, a Grant of up to £4,368.34.
The new smart fortwo electric drive includes enhanced acceleration above 35 mph, a top speed of 78mph and a range of up to 90 miles. It offers ease of parking, all the modern safety benefits, electronic stability and full sized driver and passenger airbags. As expected from a Mercedes-Benz brand, standard features also include satellite navigation; air conditioning; electric windows; leather steering wheel and gear knob; electric power steering and 15 inch alloy wheels. In addition to the standard solid roof, a panoramic roof and a cabrio version are available.
In addition to other benefits of owning an electric car, the smart fortwo electric drive has zero road tax, is exempt from London congestion charge and customers can enjoy subsidised or free parking in selected London boroughs and other major cities.