- New Smart Electric to spark interest in UK?
- Three body styles and as much as 160km range
- First European customer deliveries expected in July
LONDON, England – The smart electric drive range is now on sale, with prices starting from £16 420* for the smart ForTwo electric drive (including OLEV grant of £4 500; total price £20 920 excluding grant). The ForFour electric drive is just £16 915 (£21 415 excluding grant), and the unique ForTwo cabriolet electric drive starts at £18 650 (£23 060 excluding grant).
This makes Smart the only brand that offers all its models with either a combustion engine or fully electric drive.
The Smart Electric drive uses a 60kW electric motor to drive the rear wheels through a single-speed gearbox. Its maker claims a potential between-charges range of as much as 160km though top speed is limited to 130km/to maximise the range. Which shouldn’t be a problem…
The standard on-board charger means the cars can be charged in 2.5 hours using a 16A charger or six hours with a standard three-pin household socket (20% to 100%). Each model have a top speed of 130km/h and can reach 100km/h in 11.5secs.
CHARGING CABLES INCLUDED
Their Specification is based on the Prime model: heatable front seats, cruise control, leather upholstery and 15″ alloy wheels rims. Every unit is sold with charging cables for both domestic sockets and public charging stations, rear parking sensors, Smart media system with satellite navigation, and an acoustic ambient-sound generator.
The sound generator creates an artificial engine sound when the vehicle is moving at low speed to make its presence known to pedestrians and other road users.
For just £595 customers can add the Premium Plus equipment line which adds ambient lighting, centre armrest, diode head and tail light clusters, front foul-weather lights, auto lights and wipers, and a reversing camera.
An electric drive “design package” is available from £595 and adds a tridion cell and green mirror caps, body panels in either black or white with matching grille, 16 alloy”wheel rims, and grey ‘ED’ decals.
SMART APP WILL CHECK CHARGE
Seats and steering-wheel heating (ForFour only) and extra door and cockpit insulation are part of the winter package which costs £295 on ForTwo models and £495 on the ForFour.
Customers can also access a Smart control app which reports the vehicle’s state of charge and can pre-set the aircon.
*For South African currency conversion (June 2017) multiply the sterling price by 16.5. The result is for guidance only as import duty and other taxes will not be included.
- For more information on the Smart range go to smart.com .