Electricity comes from a 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides between 96 and 99 miles of range. An 80-percent charge takes a whopping 22 hours when the fortwo is plugged into a standard, 110-volt outlet, or 2.5 hours when it's plugged into a 240-volt wallbox.
An Eco mode that limits the top speed, adjusts the curve of the throttle pedal, and engages the top level of energy recuperation maximizes range. And, for the sake of convenience, a purpose-designed smartphone application lets owners remotely charge the car, turn the climate control on or off, and check how much juice is left in the battery pack.
Smart promises the electric drive models are better equipped than their gasoline-powered counterpart. The more notable options are the winter package that includes a heated steering wheel, and the electric drive design package that adds powertrain-specific electric green paint (pictured) on the safety cell.
The smart fortwo electric drive will go on sale in the spring, while buyers who are after the cabrio model will need to wait until summer. Pricing information will be released closer to the models' on-sale date.
Across the pond
The forfour model that we're not getting in the United States uses the exact same drivetrain as its smaller siblings. It offers 96 miles of range, and it takes 12.7 seconds to hit 62 mph from a stop.
Live images by Ronan Glon.