smart fortwo ED: A solution for the green-minded

Published on September 2nd, 2009

For all you city dwellers, I’m sure that you’ve experienced the frustration of being unable to find a parking space for your car, particularly when your stomach is not reacting so well to whatever you just ate.

This is something you can try, but not immediately. You have a few years to think about this option before it becomes available globally.

Seen this car around?


Yes, I’m sure you’ve seen the car zipping in and out of traffic and parked at the most ridiculous place (in places where you can’t even park a Kancil). Some people even had too much time on their hands and decided to replace the original engine with that of the Suzuki Hayabusa, a 1300cc superbike.


What we have here, is the electric version; the Smart Fortwo ED (for electric drive).

The electric Smart Fortwo is a purely electric vehicle, which runs on lithium-ion battery. This is not a hybrid, which runs on both petrol and battery. If you’re familiar with lithium-ion, then you’ll know that it is a high performance battery with short charging time, long life span and very reliable. With one charge (full charge is 3 hours with 220v socket), the driver can travel 135km, with the top speed of 100km/h (electronically limited).


I know, we know, you know that 100km/h is barely enough for all your speed freaks, but the car is not designed to warp-speed you to your destination. Zero emission, no smoke, no CO2, no noise, it’s a perfect vehicle to be driven around town.

In standard Euro currency, the price to fully charge the battery is around 2 euros, and sufficient for around 135km, enough for city use as study reveals that urban drivers travel around 30-40km a day.


120Nm of torque is immediately available with the 30 kW magneto-electric motor, which is installed at the rear end. From a standstill, 60km/h can be achieved in just 6.5 seconds. With just one single fixed gear ratio, there is no need for any gear changing. The engine’s direction will simply rotate for reversing.

The car should be available globally in 2012 and will be made available along with other “normal” smart vehicles.

More info on smart Fortwo ED website.

text: Traffic Crew  pix: smart

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  1. Posted by BikerVoodoo on September 2nd, 2009, 07:14

    The only problem with EVs is RANGE and RECHARGE TIME. Fossil fuels still beat them at this. For now.

  2. Posted by Mak Uia on September 2nd, 2009, 10:28

    I like! Almost bought 4/2 3 years ago!

  3. Posted by Traffic Mag on September 2nd, 2009, 14:05

    We need disposable lithium-ion batteries. Imagine buying one at 711 or your local supermarket.

    Then imagine replacing the battery.

  4. Posted by BikerVoodoo on September 3rd, 2009, 08:02

    Nah we need ISO standard battery packs which can be exchanged at any petrol station. Just pay for the recharge fee. Doesn’t sound practical though.


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