Smart, through its parent company, Mercedes-Benz, flew TFL’s Roman Mica out to Miami, Florida to test the 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. Unfortunately, there is an embargo on driving impressions, but not on technical information. As such, we were able to assemble a video with many important key points about the Fortwo Electric Drive.
In the past, Mica swore that the first Smart Fortwo Electric was an excellent machine. We’ll have to wait a few days before we get the driving impressions. Still, it will be interesting to see if the electric power plant can wake up sales for Smart.
Based on the same 453 platform that the regular internal-combustion engined Fortwo is based on, the 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric maintains the same basic dimensions and its rear-drive setup. Powered by a 17.6 kWH battery that sends power to an electric motor powering the rear wheels, the motor makes 80 horsepower and 118 lbs-ft of torque, which is a lot for such a small car. Range is expected to be rated at 80 to 100 miles on a single charge.
Check out our interview video above and let us know what you think!