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New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles
From TechCrunch - May 24, 2017

Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupes price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrios price is exactly the same.

Besides the price, there are some practical improvements for the new Fortwo EV. There are a few more batteries on board96 lithium-ion cells versus the old 93though the battery capacity stays the same at 17.6 kWh. The on-board charger is more powerful, so the charging time drops in half, to three hours or less. The range gets a little bump from 68 miles to 70-80 miles, enough for daily urban commutes.

The 2017 Smart Fortwo EV will be available in the United States this summer, but these tiny two-seaters have had a tough time finding a niche in America, the land of SUVs and wide roads. Parent company Daimler decided to discontinue sales of gasoline-powered Smart cars in the States this year to focus on the EVs. It also decided to stop using Smart cars in its Car2Go point-to-point car-sharing service, with Mercedes-Benz cars replacing fleets in the U.S. beginning in 2017.

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