New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, some-more miles

Mercedes-Benz announced a cost of a new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for a hard-top coupe and $28,000 for a cabrio with a shifting house roof. The new coupe’s cost is $1,200 reduction than a effusive model, yet a cabrio’s cost is accurately a same.

Besides a price, there are some unsentimental improvements for a new Fortwo EV. There are a few some-more batteries on house — 96 lithium-ion cells contra a aged 93 — yet a battery ability stays a same during 17.6 kWh. The on-board horse is some-more powerful, so a charging time drops in half, to 3 hours or less. The operation gets a tiny strike from 68 miles to 70-80 miles, adequate for daily civic commutes.

The 2017 Smart Fortwo EV will be accessible in a United States this summer, yet these little two-seaters have had a tough time anticipating a niche in America, a land of SUVs and far-reaching roads. Parent association Daimler motionless to pause sales of gasoline-powered Smart cars in a States this year to concentration on a EVs. It also motionless to stop regulating Smart cars in a Car2Go point-to-point car-sharing service, with Mercedes-Benz cars replacing fleets in a U.S. commencement in 2017.

Smart doesn’t intend to contest with SUVs and pickup trucks, so who is a competition? The Tesla Model 3, a stirring tiny (but not micro) car, will have a 215-mile operation for $35,000. The Chevy Bolt starts during $37,500 and has a operation of some-more than 200 miles. The Volkswagen e-Golf gets 83 miles per charge, that is identical to a Fortwo’s range, yet it starts during about $29,000 before taxation incentives are applied. The new Hyundai Ioniq has some-more miles per charge, during 124, yet a cost starts during $29,500.

So for shorter-range emissions-free travelling and errand-running, a Smart Fortwo is an inexpensive option. But for carrying some-more than dual people — or if we have a near-crippling box of operation stress — you’ll need to compensate some-more for one of a other EVs.

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