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This morning Electricpig had a pootle around London in Smart’s electric vehicle, the Fortwo. The car hasn’t been launched yet, but there’s a handful being trialled out on the roads. After Driving a G-Wiz last year, I must say, I wasn’t that excited. The G-wiz felt like driving round in a crap trainer. Thankfully, Smart’s take is much more like driving a normal car. Quentin Wilson, car journo and compere for today’s test drives, said as much, stating: “Nobody has done as much damage to the EV cause”. In this case then, he’d be right.

The Smart EV feels very much like a normal Smart car, except for that imposing silence. It drives like an automatic, with a gearstick with four stops. Happily, the accellerator was much less jumpy than I found the G-wiz, and driving was smooth, and responsive, once you get used to stifling the impulse to floor the pedal when there’s no revs to hear.

The costs are where the real questions are, and generally, in this market, numbers are bandied around here there and everywhere. The basic proposition is that electric cars are much more expensive than their petrol equivalents, but you’re paying up front for your fuel. It’s a bit like asking someone to spend an extra £50 on a pair of shoes that they won’t have to have re-soled.

These cars will be rolled out in 2012, and its estimated that each charge costs £1.50, or £170 per year, whereas a petrol equivalent costs £1500 in fuel a year. When you add these to the environmental factors it’s persuasive, but even with the government incentives, it’s unlikely that one will set you back less than £14,000.

  • James Holland

    If only it didn't look like a plastic lump, I might be interested. Until I can get out of one without covering my face and dashing for cover, there's no chance of me signing up.

    • bensillis

      Worse are the customised noises it makes (it's so silent you won't hear it coming otherwise). Smart showed me it making space ship bleeps and bloops when you revved. It was horrific.

  • Anonymous

    Well, the existing electronic cars is really looking just promising for human kind. As I am the really great follower of electronic cars. Because of they really provide the best of solution about fuel problems. And they are really authentic and exceptional thing for the Environment. So the existing Fortwo is really looking just promising for the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    Well, the existing electronic cars is really looking just promising for human kind. As I am the really great follower of electronic cars. Because of they really provide the best of solution about fuel problems. And they are really authentic and exceptional thing for the Environment. So the existing Fortwo is really looking just promising for the same thing.

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