The official launch of the Smart ForTwo was back in October of 1998 and the division of Daimler has yet to make a profit from it. In fact, despite their efforts, they are far from it. But that doesn’t mean that they are ready to give up, especially since there is a stronger than ever push for drivers to choose a more economical and environmentally savvy way to get from point A to point B and any other points needed along the way.
Regardless of how slow the American market is to adopt this enclosed golf cart looking vehicle, no one can deny what a fun little drive it is. The hopes are that the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive coupe will be enough to start pushing more people to give this tiny vehicle a shot. While we have our doubts, it could be something to consider for commuters who just want something to jet around their neighborhoods in, much the same way the scooter seems to be catching on in some of the bigger cities.
This new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive has an output of 74 horsepower that’s a little on the peaky side, but you can count on a constant cruising output of around 47 horses. That will get you from 0 to 37 in 6.5 seconds, not something you want for the highways and byways, but for street and city driving that may just be enough to get you to where you are going.
You can expect to go about 90 miles from a full charge of the 17.6 kilowatt hour pack. From that point, expect to give your 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric around seven hours to charge from a 13 am 220 volt plug, or six hours from a 16 amp plug.