2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio ED First Drive: An Electric City Car Star
The Smart ForTwo is the most compact, manoeuvrable, parkable city car there is and now that USP is being extended with an all-electric version. Replacing the rear-mounted engine is an 81bhp electric motor, powered by a set of lithium ion batteries that reside beneath the seat floor. That makes this Smart ForTwo Cabrio ED the world’s first mass produced electric drop top.
First up, let’s state the obvious: ED stands for Electric Drive, not a problem with your gentleman’s bits. The ForTwo is also a strict two-seater, but we struggle to understand why such a statement can often be considered a negative. A car specifically designed for the city needs to have a small footprint and the ForTwo is best-in-class compact. Having two seats should be a badge of honour.
Weirdly, inside it doesn’t feel remotely compact. The driving position is slightly taller than a conventional small car, there is plenty of glazing and the use of light materials and fluid shapes helps create a characterful and spacious environment. The only piece of furniture that alludes to the electric status of this particular version is a dash-mounted pod revealing your energy consumption. This is also your fuel gauge and the ForTwo Cab ED offers a range of 96 miles.
Smart has some clever tricks to ensure you’ll be able to get as close to that figure as possible, too. The battery pack is encased in a cooling jacket for when temperatures soar, plus there’s a downloadable Smart app for your...