2011 smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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Key Specs

of the 2011 smart ForTwo Electric Drive. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Compact size
  • More responsive than gas version
  • Lower center of gravity

The Bad

  • Outrageous lease payments
  • Exceptionally long lease term
  • Limited supply
  • Numb brakes
  • Based on subpar gas car

Notable Features of the 2011 smart ForTwo Electric Drive

  • Electric version
  • 250-car test program
  • For lease only
  • Charges in as little as eight hours
  • No change in interior space
  • Shares 2011 gas car's updated interior

2011 smart ForTwo Electric Drive Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The tiny Smart two-seater now exists in electric form as the 2011 ForTwo Electric Drive, but only 250 cars are available for lease in the U.S. test program out of 1,500 worldwide. Higher production volume will begin in 2012 as a new generation of the car adopts battery and motor technology from Daimler, Smart's parent company based in Germany. The current generation's drivetrain was developed by Tesla Motors of California.

Smart says the ForTwo Electric Drive is available to "individuals as well as companies, municipalities and organizations" through a four-year, 40,000-mile lease. Monthly payments are $599 for the coupe and $649 for the soft-top convertible. This rate incorporates the $7,500 federal tax credit for which EVs are eligible.

Smart says the car's range is roughly 84 miles, and a fully depleted battery can be recharged in eight hours with a Level 2 charger at 240 volts. On regular 120-volt household power, it takes more than twice as long. Like other EVs, the ForTwo's cabin can be heated or cooled on grid power to maximize range once the charger is disconnected.

The lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive motor reside where the regular car's gas tank and gas engine reside, preserving interior space. The motor provides up to 30 kilowatts of power, roughly 40 horsepower.

All ForTwos in this program are white with green accents, including green wheels.

Vehicle Overview

The tiny Smart two-seater now exists in electric form as the 2011 ForTwo Electric Drive, but only 250 cars are available for lease in the U.S. test program out of 1,500 worldwide. Higher production volume will begin in 2012 as a new generation of the car adopts battery and motor technology from Daimler, Smart's parent company based in Germany. The current generation's drivetrain was developed by Tesla Motors of California.

Smart says the ForTwo Electric Drive is available to "individuals as well as companies, municipalities and organizations" through a four-year, 40,000-mile lease. Monthly payments are $599 for the coupe and $649 for the soft-top convertible. This rate incorporates the $7,500 federal tax credit for which EVs are eligible.

Smart says the car's range is roughly 84 miles, and a fully depleted battery can be recharged in eight hours with a Level 2 charger at 240 volts. On regular 120-volt household power, it takes more than twice as long. Like other EVs, the ForTwo's cabin can be heated or cooled on grid power to maximize range once the charger is disconnected.

The lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive motor reside where the regular car's gas tank and gas engine reside, preserving interior space. The motor provides up to 30 kilowatts of power, roughly 40 horsepower.

All ForTwos in this program are white with green accents, including green wheels.


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great value for an electric

by notiming from upstate New York on July 15, 2013

This is a fun car to drive and not stopping for gas is great. It charges over night using a 110 outlet with the charger provided by smart. If you want to charge faster you can get a 220 charging ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ForTwo Electric Drive received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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