2016 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Pros: Outstanding close-quarters maneuverability; incredibly easy to park; fashion-forward styling; quicker, smoother acceleration and better ride quality than gas-engine Smart ForTwo; low-cost operation

Cons: Limited driving range; charging times; tight passenger and cargo space; no Level 3 charging capability

CG Says: The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive loses its convertible bodystyle for 2016. The gas-powered ForTwo was redesigned for 2016, but Electric Drive carries on with the old design in coupe form only for another year. Smart ForTwo Electric Drive uses an electric motor that sends 96 pound-feet of torque and an estimated 74 horsepower through a single-speed transmission. The motor is powered by a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack situated beneath the cabin floor. Unlike most subcompacts, ForTwo is rear-wheel drive. Smart says the Electric Drive’s battery pack needs about 14 hours for a full recharge from a 110-volt plug and about 6 hours from a 240-volt outlet. The battery can also be partially recharged while driving via a regenerative-braking feature. Claimed maximum driving range is about 83 miles.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Smart
Nation of Manufacture France
Base Prices Passion coupe: $25,000

Base Engine
electric motor
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
122 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
93 MPGe

smart fortwo electric drive
2016 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive