Initially offered just as a powerplant option, the EQ version of the smart fortwo is the only one left after Geely bought 50 percent of smart GmbH. Future models will be offered exclusively with emission-free powertrains and will be manufactured mostly in China for the worldwide market.
The switch from gasoline and even diesel engines to an entirely electric powertrain lineup during the course of a single generation doesn't come without hurdles, but the fortwo had it covered since day one because the current model was developed from the beginning to support battery power. The EQ fortwo's electric motor is good for 82 horsepower and a healthy 160 Nm of instant torque. The separately excited synchronous motor is fitted in the rear, under the luggage space, just like on the ICE-powered fortwo, and is fed electric juice from a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17.6 kWh. The 96 HV cells in the battery give the model a range of up to 159 according to NEDC standards, which is more than enough for a day's worth of running errands throughout a city.