Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Smart car, electric.

Smart's electric car might actually be... smart

The electric car Smart ED is possibly the best value yet among zero emission cars.

I'll be honest. I don't really like Smart cars. The tiny two-seaters from Mercedes-Benz have always seemed heavy on design but light on value. For the same price that you pay for a Smart ForTwo you could easily get a car with more cargo space, four seats and fuel economy that's just about as good. On top of that, with their tall bodies, tiny wheelbases and a weirdly uncooperative transmissions the Smart's no pleasure to drive.

But by combining the ForTwo with a new electric drive system, Mercedes has finally created a Smart car even I can love. Compared to other electric cars, the Smart ED is genuinely cheap and, by getting rid of that balky transmission and noisy three-cyinder engine, it's really cool to whiz around town in.

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