Smart fortwo electric drive is the cheapest EV in the US at $25,000 (Photos & Video)

With the dawn of the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric, Smart has announced the pricing for its compact electric car. This all electric mini car will…

With the dawn of the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric, Smart has announced the pricing for its compact electric car. This all electric mini car will be priced at $25,000 which excludes delivery charges for the ForTwo ED coupe version. This price tag is the lowest where electric cars are concerned. The price tag doesn’t even include the available $7,500 federal tax credit.

When the tax credit is acknowledged  the starting price amounts to $17,500 and with inclusion of delivery charge of $825 and $2200 for charger facilities and equipment the total price of this vehicle is just $20,525 which is $1100 less that the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

There will be two different types of home chargers which will be available to customers. These will be priced between $1300 and $1700 respectively. The cost of installing these charges will amount to $300 and $500. With the induction of this mini electric car, sustainable transport systems will be rejuvenated thereby allowing for better transport and mobility options in cities where such a change is necessary.

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smart fortwo electric drive: homecoming

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the all-new smart fortwo electric drive

MONTVALE, NJ – The new generation smart fortwo electric drive is a natural next step for the trend-setting smart brand. In light of the brand’s environmental leadership, the zero-emission electric drive is an evolutionary extension of the fortwo, which has led the autoindustry in urban mobility and energy conservation.

The smart fortwo electric drive is a zero-emission visual statement that further defines thespirit of smart. Based on the iconic smart fortwo, and available in coupe and cabriolet bodystyles, the new generation smart fortwo electric drive has the smallest footprint of any caron U.S. roads and represents a key step in sustainable transportation. It enters the U.S. market at an ideal time as the United States is setting policy goals for reducing CO2 and dependence on fossil fuels.

development of the smart fortwo electric drive
smart fortwo electric drive was part of the smart concept from the very start. When thesmart design was first conceived more than 20 years ago, smart developers anticipated theneed for alternative powertrains. As a result, designers didn’t have to make anycompromises in the safety, agility, comfort and space of the smart fortwo electric drive.

The electric drive battery fits right where the fuel tank usually goes, in the underfloor area between the front and rear wheels, while the electric motor replaces the conventional engine between the rear wheels. As a result, the electric drive looks just like a normal fortwo. The electric drive has the same outside footprint, the same interior room, the same cargo space and the same high level of safety that have come to define the smart fortwo.

development milestones
Beginning in 2007, the first smart electric drive pilot project involved 100 cars that were tested in downtown London by companies and other fleet owners, a majority of whom had approached smart about participating in the test. London was an ideal test environment because of its high traffic congestion, parking shortages, noise and pollution. The test cars were equipped with high-temperature sodium-nickel-chloride batteries that work at about 600°F degrees, providing a range of about 60 miles. The batteries required pre-heating, and were housed in insulated cases similar to large double-wall thermos bottles.

The next generation began in 2009 and went broader with more than 2,000 cars in 18 markets around the world, including 250 electric drive vehicles for the United States (not including an additional 300 units in operation by sister company Car2Go). These cars used lithium-ion batteries, which were more efficient and operated at normal temperatures, with arange of about 63 miles on a full charge. Like the first-phase cars, the motors produced 20 kilowatts of continuous power, plus a peak power of 30 kilowatts for passing and accelerating.

Targeted to early adopters who helped to define new alternatives in transportation and were making a passionate statement about energy conservation and environmental awareness, the 250 electric drive cars in the United States were spread nationwide, with an emphasis on regions such as Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. where vehicle charging stations are more readily available.

Placements included companies, municipalities and individuals under a four-year, 40,000-mile lease agreement starting at $599 a month for an electric-drive coupe. A $7,500 federal subsidy for electric vehicles was factored into the lease price, but it didn’t include state and local subsidies that further reduced the price in some areas. Participants had direct access to the smart USA team, received special communications about the electric drive experience and were invited to forums and special events.

The new generation smart electric drive will retail at $25,000, making it the most affordable production electric vehicle in the U.S. A companion cabriolet model will retail at $28,000 when both models hit the U.S. market in the spring of 2013. Customers may also be eligiblefor federal tax credits (which run up to $7,500) or state/local tax credits, further reducing the cost.

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