The Germans wanted to close the unprofitable Smart brand, but salvation came in the form of an agreement to create a joint venture with Geely, which will deal with Smarty.
The current-generation Fortwo city car got an electric version in 2016, along with the Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour siblings. Then electric cars were prefixed with the name Electric Drive. In 2018, a rebranding was carried out and the smart cards on batteries received the letters EQ in the designation. Now they will at least be transformed externally. The battery is the same as the electric Smart had in the previous generation. The concept of Smart vision EQ fortwo transparently hinted at a battery with a capacity of 30 kWh back in 2017. Maybe now such a battery will be presented to the serial Smart.
The interior has remained almost unchanged, except that at the base of the center console, instead of cup holders, there is now a large niche for a smartphone. But the new media system with an eight-inch screen has acquired many additional functions. Remote access from a smartphone allows you to unlock and lock the car, check the battery charge, and set the charging time. And also – to transfer your smart to friends and acquaintances.
After the update, smarts finally switched to fixed configurations: it is no longer possible to order options at your discretion. You can choose from the passion, pulse and prime lines, for which several option packages are offered. The technology of electric smarts is the same: all versions have a Renault electric motor with a return of 81 hp. and 160 Nm. Accumotive’s lithium-ion traction battery (owned by Daimler) has a capacity of 17.6 kWh and charges in six hours from a European household network, and an optional 22-kW charger can fill the battery up to 80% in less than 40 minutes. Mileage per charge – 159 km according to the old NEDC standard. The acceleration time to 100 km / h depends on the modification: the base three-door requires 11.5 s, and the convertible and five-door – 11.8 s and 12.7 s, respectively.
On the move, the Fortwo’s Smart EQ is generally flawless. Easy steering, comfortable suspension, quiet engine and bright, rich acceleration thanks to the maximum torque available from the start, there are no complaints. It feels better and more enjoyable than the regular version with a 0.9L 3-cylinder internal combustion engine. The most interesting in the Smart line is undoubtedly the two-door Fortwo. The more roomy Forfour, which is nothing more than a revised Renault Twingo (or vice versa), cannot be compared with it. With a length of less than 2.7 m, the small Fortwo allows you to park in very tight spaces, and its 7 m turning diameter makes maneuvers easy and safe, sometimes even impossible for other road users.