Smart EQ Fortwo Coupé Electric Car: The Complete Guide For The UK

smart electric car fortwo
Price: £21,870
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Coupé
Battery size: 17.6 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 81 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


The Smart urban electric mobility company is owned by the German automotive manufacturer Daimler AG, more commonly referred to as Mercedes-Benz. Diamler is headquartered in Stuttgart and is known for leading car brands to include, Mercedes-AMG and the Mercedes Maybach.

Smart has built a reputation for creating cars for the urban environment, in particular in the microcar and subcompact segments. City electric cars like the Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour are common sightings in global cities like London, Paris and Milan.

The concept development for Smart cars began in the early 70’s, with the first model being introduced in 1998. The cars manufactured by the company were internal combustion engine (ICE) and it is only recently, that the company has migrated to the manufacturer of only pure electric cars.

However, the company’s history with city electric cars dates back to 2006, when the development of the electric variant for the Smart Fortwo commenced. Since then, four-generations of Smart electric vehicles (EVs) have been introduced, with the most recent generation unveiled in 2016 at the Paris Motor Show. The Smart name is derived from the cooperation between Swatch (Swiss watch company) and Mercedes.

The company currently has the following portfolio of city battery-electric vehicles (BEVs):

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The All-Electric Smart EQ Fortwo Coupé

Field testing of the electric variant for the Smart Fortwo EV began in London in 2007, with 100 Smart Fortwo electric cars. Daimler has an ambition to market the Smart electric car in up to 30 global market. The EV is already available in a number of European markets and also popular with electric car sharing schemes. The company announced the rebranding of the Smart Fortwo in 2018, with EQ included in the upgraded brand to align itself with the Mercedes-EQ branding. In 2019, the Smart EQ Fortwo was updated with a facelift.

The compact Smart EQ electric car is well suited for the urban environment, in particular, in towns and cities that are densely populated, with severe road congestion. The EV is easy to park, even in small parking spaces. Certainly easy to drive too. For individuals and families living in towns and cities, the EQ electric vehicle is a good second car, best used for shorter commutes, like school runs, trip to the grocery store, to work (if close by) etc.

The EQ EV has a claimed WLTP range up to 81 miles. But of course, the electric range depends on a number of factors, to include, driving profile, road conditions etc. Expect the real-world range to be lower than the claimed range. Nevertheless, the EV has a good electric range for everyday shorter drives, and driving a pure electric car like the EQ, will save you money and improve air quality. The EV has a 22 kW onboard charger and can be fully charged using a 3-phase EV charger in 40 minutes. A single phase EV charger will take longer.

Despite all the advantages of the Smart EQ ForTwo in urban environments, the EV is limited by space and practicality. It offers a 260 L boot space, which is certainly small. Do not expect it to hold the family weekly grocery shopping! Also, it only offers two seats.

The EV continues to qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant, so do take advantage while it lasts!

Good looking and iconicSmall EV battery with limited range
Good interior qualityLimited interior space
Well suited for city driving. Easy to drive and parkCheaper alternatives available

The All-Electric Smart Fortwo Coupe (credit: Smart)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Coupé
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Premium (from £21,870)
Exclusive (from £23,020)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.6 kWh
Charging:On-board charger 22 kW AC. 10% to 80% using 22 kW wallbox: 40 mins
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 62,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1555
Width (mm):1663
Length (mm):2695
Wheelbase (mm):1873
Turning Circle (m):6.95
Boot Space (L):260

Smart EQ Fortwo Coupe
EV Battery Capacity:17.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):81 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.4 – 16.6
Charging:On-board charger: 22 kW AC
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:11.6 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):60
Max Power (HP):82
Torque (Nm):160
Kerb Weight (kg):1,095
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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