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Electric cars seem to be getting more affordable by the day, and the latest to get a price drop is the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. With sales currently limited to only a handful of states, the Smart Fortwo ED is preparing for its nationwide rollout by offering a 36-month lease of the Fortwo ED Coupe for as low as $139 per month – or the same price as the non-electric Fortwo. The previous Fortwo ED leases started at $199 a month.

Available until September 3, conditions of this lease include a down payment of $1,999 and signing up for the Battery Assurance Plus battery-lease program, which is a separate lease for the battery at $80 per month. This means that lessees are actually driving the Fortwo ED for just $59 each month, although a mileage cap is set at 30,000 miles. There has been no price drop for those interested in purchasing a 2013 Fortwo ED, however, as has been the case with rival EVs like the Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf and, most recently, the Chevy Volt.

As an added bonus, Smart is also giving its dealers a $2,000 incentive on the Fortwo, which can be used in any way the dealer wishes – local advertising, lowering the asking price for consumers, etc. AutoblogGreen's Sebastian Blanco has put together quite a bit more info on the Smart Fortwo ED lease, click thru to read more.


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      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      "With sales currently limited to only a handful of states" - A list of those states would have been nice. "the Smart Fortwo ED is preparing for its nationwide rollout" - So, is the lease available nationwide, or is it just available in those few states? "Available until September 3" - So, if they are only preparing for a nationwide release, and the lease deal is only good through 9/3, will the nationwide release occur before then? (Nationwide roll out in under a month? Unlikely.) If not, why are they doing it? And how does giving the few states that already had it a great deal help a nationwide release? "conditions of this lease include ... signing up for the Battery Assurance Plus battery-lease program, which is a separate lease for the battery at $80 per month. This means that lessees are actually driving the Fortwo ED for just $59 each month" - If it's a separate lease, wouldn't it add to the lease price, i.e., $139 (car lease) + $80 (battery lease) = $219 total. If it is included in the $139, then how can it be a separate lease? "a mileage cap is set at 30,000 miles" - I assume that's over the course of the three years. (The author doesn't explicitly say.) Considering this isn't a car you'd take a road trip in (size and recharging hassle), I doubt the mileage cap would be an issue.
        atc98092
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg
        "- If it's a separate lease, wouldn't it add to the lease price, i.e., $139 (car lease) + $80 (battery lease) = $219 total. If it is included in the $139, then how can it be a separate lease?" He wrote that very poorly. I was thinking the same thing, so I went to the other post for clarification. The $139 includes the battery lease. The $80 per month is for people who buy, not lease, the car. So his statement is true, that $59 covers the car lease and $80 covers the battery. Just really poor writing.
      JC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have driven the Smart EV and IT IS VERY GOOD, quick, smooth and agile with a pretty good range about 90 miles. The EV version is nothing like the horrendous POS gas version. I'm considering getting the EV too.
      Txdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      With a new Smart coming to the Frankfurt IAA in September, how long will this body style be for sale?
      789dm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny if you live in the city which is perfect for this car, you cant find charging station if u live in apartment buildings but if you live in suburbs and live in a normal house u could charge the car. unless they put charging stations in the city that also works as parking for this car, electric cars can never work.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @789dm
        There are tons of people who live "in the city" with garages. City does not equal apartment. And there are quite a few places with outlets for engine block heaters which can be used for recharging.
      drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Edmunds tested the 0-60 speed at 22 seconds. 22 seconds. 22 seconds.
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