New 2.5-hour charge time is more than twice as fast as current car.

Just a few short hours after Smart's initial teaser video, we now have all the preliminary details about the new Electric Drive ForTwo, set to be revealed at next week's Paris Motor Show. The big news is that the updated car is more powerful than before, and has a longer range. Plus, and it takes half as long to fully charge. Of course, we knew all of that already.

Fair warning: The specs released here are for the European-market car. We'll have U.S.-specific data – including price, performance, and range – closer to the car's launch next year. Still, we don't expect it to be too far off from the Euro-spec numbers, which show an output of 80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, and an NEDC-estimated driving range of 99 miles (160 kilometers). To put that in perspective, the current ForTwo ED Coupe has 74 hp, 96 lb-of torque, and can only go about 75 miles on a full charge.

A huge step forward is the improved charging time – the new Smart takes just 2.5 hours to fully charge, compared to 5.5 hours in the current car. Of course, the Smart features a, um, smart app, which allows you to see charge information, and control things such as interior pre-conditioning and intelligent charging. Plus, you can program two departure times, so the car will always know that you’ll need the car to be fully charged and pre-conditioned for, say, your morning commute.

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Our brief stint in the passenger seat of a ForTwo ED showed that the car can be a pretty fun runabout. With instant torque and a small turning circle, this car will no doubt be great for city driving. Of course, it's still kind of a slowpoke, with the coupe estimated to do 0-60 in 11.4 seconds (or 11.7 for the convertible). Additionally, the top speed is limited to 81 miles per hour.

Smart will offer its Electric Drive powertrain on the coupe, cabriolet, and ForFour models, meaning the brand's entire lineup can be had with internal combustion or electric propulsion. No, we won't get the ForFour in the U.S., but the two other body styles will arrive next year, complete with ED-specific (and optional) electric green exterior and interior accents. The ED Coupe will go on sale in spring 2017, and the ED Cabrio will follow in the summer. And unlike some EVs, the ForTwo ED will be a 50-state car right from initial market launch in the States.

We'll have more on the Smart ED live from Paris next week. Scroll down for the official press blast, below the gallery.


Source: Smart

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