Smart ED

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16 Nov 2011 10:48 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

On the Smart stand is the next generation of its electric Fortwo, called the ED or Electric Drive.

The car is due to go on sale next spring. It will be available in right-hand drive and gets a new lithium-ion battery pack that powers a 55kW motor. Top speed increases from 62mph in the current Fortwo ED to 74.5mph.

Smart doesn't quote a 0-62mph time, but 0-38mph is cut from 6.5 seconds to 5 seconds. The car's range also improves a little, with the current 84 miles extended to more than 87 miles.

It takes eight hours to completely recharge the batteries, although a fast charge can be completed in an hour with the optional quick-charge function. Prices have yet to be revealed.