Geneva Show will feature smart forspeed concept electric vehicle
The smart forspeed concept electric vehicle is an open-air roadster at its purest state. It has no roof or side windows and it features a low wind deflector instead of a windshield. But smart says not to worry. If you get caught in a sudden downpour, no serious damage will result because there are drains built into the floor.
Dr. Annette Winkler, head of smart says "The smart forspeed is a completely new take on how much fun it is to drive electric: it boasts a superb design with a powerful drive system and, needless to say, locally emission-free. And if you put the smart forspeed next to our ebike, escooter and smart fortwo electric drive you'll see that smart has realized all kinds of variations of electric driving - demonstrating that smart is not just a practical city car, but a great idea."
This is without a doubt a city car (i.e. a vehicle that will make you break out in cold sweats if you ever have to drive it on a highway). Among its highlights, according to smart, is its ability to go from 0 to 37.5 mph in 5.5 seconds, which is probably zippy enough for city traffic. For those white-knuckle moments when you hop on the highway, there is a boost button in the center console that provides extra power for passing. No word from smart on how quickly that depletes your battery.
The smart forspeed is powered by a lithium-ion battery that delivers 16.5 kWh of electrical energy. A fully charged battery is sufficient for about 85 miles of driving fun. Quick charging from 0 to 80 percent takes just 45 minutes.