Pricing revealed for new smart fortwo electric drive
The previous model, originally intended for a 1,000-unit production run, proved so popular that Daimler almost doubled its output to meet demand. This latest version will be sold in 30 markets worldwide, with a five-figure production run planned, though Daimler hasn’t confirmed sales expectations.
In the UK, the fortwo electric drive is the first to get the Mercedes-Benz sale&car sales method. This gives customers the option to buy or lease the car and rent the battery for £55 per month through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Optional warranties of up to five years are available, but replacement batteries are provided for free for up to ten years. After this period, the battery can either be returned or the lease extended. Customers can also opt to buy the car outright, with prices starting at £15,395.
Based on feedback from its predecessor, the new fortwo electric drive offers improved acceleration over 35mph, a higher 78mph top speed and longer range of 90 miles, due to a new drivetrain which was developed in-house as part of joint ventures with Bosch and Evonik Industries. It can be fully charged in seven hours, or in one hour on a quick charger with the optional £2,650 on-board charging unit.
Also new is a Vehicle Homepage, which allows drivers to check charge status and remaining time, the nearest public charging points and pre-heat the cabin, all via a smartphone or tablet. For the first time, the fortwo cabrio will be offered with an electric drivetrain, priced from £13,400 with the leased battery.
Gary Savage, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, commented: ‘With performance in line with many combustion-engine powered cars, the new smart electric drive is as at home on the motorway as it is in an urban environment. It is now also a financially-viable alternative to a conventional vehicle thanks to its Plug-in Car Grant qualification and our unique sale&care purchase options that represent excellent value and provide customers with ultimate peace-of-mind.’