Earlier this year, Daimler announced that it is converting the Smart brand to all-electric in North America and discontinuing gas-powered Smart cars.
By September, Canadian and American dealerships will stop receiving gas-powered smart cars and the 2017 electric smart model year cars will become the only options.
Today, Daimler confirmed pricing of the 2017 smart fortwo electric drive and it received a small price reduction to a starting MSRP of $23,800.
It’s a $1,200 price cut for the coupe version, while the cabrio remains the same price – $28,000.
The 2017 models not only come with a price reduction but also with several performance increases like a faster onboard charger and 80 hp motor versus 74 hp.
The biggest difference is the increase in efficiency. While the battery pack is still 17. 6 kWh, they use new battery cells increasing the range to up to 80 miles – though the EPA has yet to rate the vehicle.
GreenCarCongress put together a comparison chart with the last generation:
smart electric drive
smart electric drive
|Battery||93 cell lithium-ion high- voltage battery||96 cell lithium-ion high- voltage battery|
|Battery capacity||17.6 kWh|
|Motor||liquid-cooled permanent- magnet synchronous electric motor||air-cooled three-phase synchronous electric motor|
|On-board Charger||3.3 kW||7 kW|
|Range in miles (approx.)||68||estimated 70-80|
|Charging time, wallbox (240V) (approx.)||0-80% = 4.5 hours
0-100% = 6 hours
|0-80% = estimated 2.5 hours
0-100% = estimated 3 hours
|Acceleration 0-60 mph (sec)||11.5 (cabrio: 11.5)||11.4 (cabrio: 11.7)|
|Top speed (mph)||78||81|
|Drive Config.||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|Turning Radius (ft)||28.7||22.8|
|Curb weight (lbs)||2,094 (cabrio: 2,138)||2,363 (cabrio: 2,383)|
After the federal tax credit, it brings the price down to $16,300 and the vehicle can be eligible to state EV incentive bringing the price down even further.
While the relatively short range is not ideal, it can be a decent commuter car for city dwellers and at that price, it’s one of the cheapest EV ownership experience today.
The first 2017 models are expected in the US this summer.
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