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Electric car for under £13,000: The smart choice

Could 2013 be the year of the ‘affordable’ electric car? With the Renault Zoe and now the smart fortwo electric drive (ED) to launch in the year, the battery-powered car market could be about to open up to a whole new audience of buyers.

With smart revealing the UK prices for its fortwo electric drive, the model will become the first Plug-in Car Grant eligible car which will not automatically entitle its buyers the full £5,000 government subsidy. That’s because the car’s purchase price is already much lower than rival electric cars, starting from £12,275 with a £55 per month battery lease (after a Plug-in Grant of £3,993.34).

smart fortwo on the road

The diminutive car brand will also allow buyers to buy the car outright (to exclude a battery lease) from £15,395-that’s still a lot cheaper than rival electric city cars such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (from £23,990 after a £5,000 government grant) and Citroen C-Zero (from £21,216 after a £5,000 grant). smart is offering its customers a full range of options with the ED; you can choose buy, finance or lease, with or without the battery included into your option.

Based on earlier electric models, the new third-generation ED is available to private buyers for the first time, after on-the-road trials of first models proved successful and its maker concluded there was sufficient consumer interest to go into full production.

The new version of the smart ED is based on the Passion model line and boasts a top speed of 78mph and a range of 90 miles per charge. Fitted with a 17.6 kWh battery and a 55kW electric motor, the car can accelerate from 0 – 60 km/h (37mph) in 4.8 seconds.


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