As MONTVALE, NJ – The Smart fortwo electric car is a natural next step.  A step for the trend-setting smart / mercedes diamler brand. In light of the brand’s environmental leadership, the electric car is an offering. One Smart electric car using the fortwo platform.  Now it’s deemed to have led the auto industry in urban mobility. Furthermore and more noteworthy energy conservation.

In conclusion, the smart electric fortwo is a zero-emission visual statement.  Meaning that it further defines the spirit of smart. Based on the iconic smart fortwo, and available in coupe and cabriolet body styles, the new generation smart fortwo electric drive has the smallest footprint of any car on 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.  This is setting all while 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 the smart design was first conceived more than 20 years ago, smart developers anticipated the need for alternative powertrains. As a result, designers didn’t have to make any compromises 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 normalfortwo. 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.

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 eligible for federal tax credits (which run up to $7,500) or state/local tax credits, further reducing the cost.

electric drive technology

The smart fortwo electric drive is powered by a magneto-electric motor that’s installed between the rear wheels in place of the conventional engine. Because electric motors create instant high torque, the car uses a single gear instead of a multiple-gear transmission. As a result, there’s no need for shifting – a major advantage especially in dense city traffic. To back up, the electric motor is simply run in the opposite direction.

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