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New for 2013, the Smart fortwo electric drive is a RWD electric city vehicle available in coupe and cabriolet trim levels. Both trims are powered by a water-cooled permanent 3-phase AC motor (74 hp/96 lb-ft of torque) that can be fully charged in six hours. Once fully charged the vehicle has a range of 68 miles (76 city/59 highway), an MPGe of 122 city and 93 highway. Options include ambient lighting, multimedia navigation, surround system, center console storage, heated seats, and LED daytime running lamps. Safety is comprised of electronic stability program (esp®) with hill start assist, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), full-size driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, knee-bolster airbags, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Smart fortwo electric drive offers Battery Assurance Plus, a battery rental plan that costs $80 a month and insures the vehicle's battery for up to 10 years.

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The Smart fortwo Electric Drive returns for 2013, in both coupe and cabriolet guise, though the diminutive EV features a thoroughly revamped powertrain. An all-electric magneto motor rated at 47 horsepower and 95 ft-lb of torque draws its juice from a 17.6-kW-hr lithium-ion battery, which is no longer sourced from Tesla. Smart claims that 74-hp bursts are capable for up to two minutes in "Kickdown Mode." The whole system is paired with a single-gear automatic. The car is EPA-rated at a combined 107 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). Smart has priced electric coupes at $25,000, while electric cabriolets will start at $28,000. Big federal tax incentives are available.

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Small size and maneuverability, zero emissions, 110-volt compatible; good range with an 8-hour charge

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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 with short to moderate commutes living in large cities, as it's 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 90 miles from an 8-hour charge.


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