SMART’S range of Electric Drive models is making its world debut at this week’s Paris Motor Show, ahead of a launch in Europe early next year. Available in the ForTwo and ForFour, the ED has a three-phase motor giving 80bhp. Power is sent to the rear wheels, taking the ForTwo from 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds. Top speed for all EDs is limited to 81mph, with a claimed range of 96 to 100 miles. The battery can be charged in 2.5 hours, but next year a 22kW fast charger will cut this to 45 minutes.
A radar energy recuperation system monitors traffic and then adjusts the regenerative braking to suit. An app also lets you heat the car remotely, plus the interior is available in electric green. Official prices haven’t been revealed, but expect the range to start at around £20,000. Elsewhere, Smart has announced its hot Brabus line-up will range from £16,320 for a Brabus ForTwo to £20,610 for a Brabus Cabrio.