Articles tagged with fortwo electric

by admin on 15 September 2011

Smart fortwo 2012

Smart has now announced that the 2012 plug-in electric Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be available (in Germany at least) for just €16,000 plus €60 per month for rental of the battery (Smart note that other purchase / lease options will also be available but this is the most cost effective).  If you're interested in being one of the first to own a 2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive you can already register your interest online at www.smart.com. More »

by admin on 17 August 2011

Smart ForTwo 2012

While some electric vehicles are struggling to reach even the beta phase, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is about to enter its third generation.  The brand new 2012 ForTwo goes faster thanks to a new 55 kW electric motor it reaches 60 mph in under 13 seconds (not fast by any means, but this is a city car), has a new top speed of 75 mph (120 kph) and a 85+ mile (140 km) range thanks to a Deutsche ACCUmotive 17.6 kW lithium-ion battery (so long and thanks for all the fish, Tesla).  Charging times have been shortened considerably thanks to an onboard 22 kW charger (the last generation charger could handle just 3.3 kW) enabling 50 minute full charges (although with typical discharge of around 30% of the battery pack it's more likely to be about 15 minutes).  Also big news is the fact that this third generation Smart will be available in "more than 30 markets" and that production will be "five figures" compared to just over 2,000 for the last generation.  Lastly not forgetting the nifty bike rack for your Smart ebike.  The new ForTwo will make its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. More »

by admin on 7 December 2010

As a part of its global roll-out of electric car rental Hertz has kicked off with a launch event in New York City.  The star of the show was the smart fortwo electric which has a 30 kW motor and 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  Also on show were the Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, Coda Sedan and Toyota Prius plug-in Hybrid.  Hertz will begin rental oft hese cars through Connect by Hertz beginning next week (15 December) in New York City with Washington DC and San Francisco following soon after.  Hertz will have charging points available at Icon parking garages and 'selected hotels' across the city.  If you're interested in being one of the first to rent an electric car from Hertz then jump over to their HertzEV.com site and sign-up. UPDATE: Introductory rental rates will be as follows: Leaf : $7/hr, iMiev : $7/hr, Smart: $6/hr.More »