Frankfurt 11' Preview: 2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Unveiled

Smart has given us a preview of its third-generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive model that is going to be officially unveiled in Frankfurt next month.

The Smart ForTwo ED has been criticized for being slow with a poor driving range and high price tag. Smart hopes to fix these issues with the third-generation that gets a new electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The new ForTwo ED now has 73 horsepower, up from 40 horsepower in the previous model. The 0-60 mph time is now less than 13 seconds and it has a top speed of 75 mph. Thanks to the new lithium-ion battery, the Smart ForTwo ED has a range around 87 miles.

Smart plans to sell the ForTwo ED in 30 markets worldwide and production is expected to be boosted to 10,000 units up from the limited 2,000 for the previous gen-two model.