The sporty 2011 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Passion Coupe providessensible packaging, and it's fun to drive.
In-dash modules show power delivery, so the driver always known how she/he fares on fuel efficiency in every situation.
Unlike some EVs from luxury dealers, the Passion Couple's electric power steering is always turned on.
The vehicle is an exceptionally tight turner.
Charging this EV can besimpler than in other versions, if you have the right equipment and are knowledgeable about the process.
This Fortwo has fantastic fuel efficiency. It gets 87 MPGe, which is great for city driving.
The Passion Coupe's throttle is somewhat insensitive to the driver's needs.
This Smart vehicle certainly isn't a quite one; you'll hear all kinds of whiny noises escaping from its insides.
With a top speed of only about 60 mph, the Electric Drive Coupe struggles on the highway and in strenuous driving situations.
Unlike a lot of other EV vehicles, a strong torque package is missing, and the Fortwo loses power because of it.
The Passion Couple's center panel technology is nothing special. You can get a lot more for your money in other EV vehicles.
It has a few issues concerning charging. The Coupewill not charge on older, non-grounded charge outlets, and takes 12 + hours to charge on those that are standard. It's best to use a level 2 charger and a 240 outlet with this vehicle, which can get it from 20-80 percent battery strength in about 3.5 hours.
The 2011 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe is expensive, and you may actually lose money compared to the standard gas-powered version. MSRP starts at $45,600 for the base model, and can leased for $600 a month. Smart has promised the Fortwo's overall pricing will be cheaper in 2012.