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Yes, the second generation Smart ForTwo Electric seems to be plaqued with what some would call the ultimate downfall of the electric car; overall driving range is one of these problems, but the other is what I like to call plausible deniability of driving an electric car. One of the selling points of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is that you can forget that you are driving a hybrid because it is well sorted. This is the thing the Smart ForTwo is missing according to Automobile Magazine. Automobile noted that the test EV they drove had issues with the regenerative braking that resulted in jerky stops and discomfort for the driver. Other concerns were raised with the 84 mile range and a top speed of 62 mph.
The last two AllSmallCars.com can see past since I personally wouldn't feel all warm and fuzzy about taking on Semi trucks on the interstate in a regular Smart, so we see the EV version as really more of a city vehicle which makes the 84 mile range reasonable. The discomfort is a whole other issue; drivers don't want to be inconvenienced or reminded constantly of their EV choice. Instead, they want to know they did their part for the environment and go on like they are driving a normal car-or in other words something they are familiar and comfortable with.
Bottom line-Smart has some work to do which we hope the real world testing will confirm, but until then there are other competitors that have the edge like the Nissan Leaf or possibly the Chevrolet Volt.