Smart dealerships across the UK are still waiting to see when they are to receive the electric version of the company’s two-seater city car.
Order books have already opened in Germany, where the Smart fortwo electric drive — powered by a 74bhp electric motor and a 17.6kWh battery — is available in both coupe and cabrio versions.
Powered by a 74bhp electric motor and a 17.6kWh battery, Smart claims the car has a range of 90 miles, and say it will reach 37mph in just 4.8 seconds and continue on to a 77mph top speed.
Though there’s no official launch date for the UK, it’s understood it will get the green light before the end of 2012.
Certainly in mainland Europe, there are two routes to buying the electric Smart. The first involves the buyer renting the battery for 65 Euros per month. The alternative means is the buyer purchases the battery outright.
So, how much does it cost? Using german prices, the Coupe with the ‘sale and care’ pack costs 18,900€ (equivalent to around £15,152), while the cabrio is 22,000€ (£17,637).
On both models, there’s an extra 65 euros (£52) a month to rent the battery. However, if you opt to purchase the battery outright, the prices rise to 23,680€ (£18,984) and 26,770€ (£21,461).