Electric cars get real
Tom Ford loves petrol. So we sent him away with the, er, all-electric versions of the Mini, Smart and Mitsubishi i. He came back charged
Posted: 07 Dec 2010
The Smart, on the other hand, shoves a Zytek electric motor in the usual place for Smart, just under the boot floor, produces 30Kw of juice (40bhp), about 88lb ft of torque and runs to a limited top speed of just 62mph. Most definitely an urban commuter. But given that the Smart is best suited to urban journeys in the first place, a small, lightweight, but above all safe urban electric car definitely has its place. And Smart knows it: it has started provision for citywide schemes of pick-up/drop-off Smart EDs that work with iPhone apps to check charge and availability - a bit like a private cab system without the mouthy know-it-all up front.