Smart EQ fortwo (2018) Guide

Smart EQ Fortwo (2018) Guide

If there was ever a car destined to be electrified, surely it was the iconic smart car? The smart fortwo is perfectly dinky, the ultimate city vehicle. In its electric form, the smart car epitomises city-friendly driving; nippy, agile and full of character. However, its slightly limited range, by current EV standards, and lack of rapid charging may make it a less viable option for those seeking adventure further afield.

Electric Range

83 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£2.20

Battery Size

18 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

18 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

No

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a smart EQ fortwo

The smart EQ fortwo comes with a battery size of 17.6kWh and has an official WLTP range of 83 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger but the smart EQ’s relatively small battery pack typically results in frequent, shorter charging sessions. A 7kW home charger will take around 3 hours to charge from 0% to 10%, providing an approximate range per hour of 28 miles*.

Although the smart EQ doesn’t have rapid charging capabilities, you can upgrade to include a max AC 3-phase charge rate of 22kW, enabling charging from 0% to 100% in under an hour.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 8h for 0-100%
  • 3.4kW = 5h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 3h for 0-100%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a smart EQ fortwo

Classified as a BEV, the smart EQ produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this minuscule city car qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the smart EQ fortwo?

The smart EQ fortwo makes sense in the city. Its diminutive dimensions allow you to breeze through traffic, nipping into gaps and the electric acceleration is likely to leave fellow commuters stunned. As for its turning circle and parking potential, there isn’t anything with doors that offers the same level of flexibility.

Pure electric is the way forward for the smart brand, starting with its EQ models. The recent update, however, has predominately been dedicated to its exterior, with a mild facelift masking the unchanged technology underneath; this is where the smart EQ runs into some justification issues. The range is adequate for city-life, but beyond that, it is far outpaced by rivals such as the SEAT Mii, Mini Electric or Renault Zoe. Nevertheless, the smart fortwo remains one of the cheapest EVs around. If you are looking for an electric runabout to undertake your daily commute, the smart fortwo is ideal. A car designed to breeze through the city day-to-day, and it does that, perfectly well.