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Smart's all-electric Forease to be showcased at Paris Motor Show

Smart's all-electric Forease t...
The Forease is aimed at urban driving, with its lower speeds and requirements of maneuverability
The Forease is aimed at urban driving, with its lower speeds and requirements of maneuverability
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The Smart Forease is a tiny roadster that should definitely be easy to park
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The Smart Forease is a tiny roadster that should definitely be easy to park
The Forease is aimed at urban driving, with its lower speeds and requirements of maneuverability
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The Forease is aimed at urban driving, with its lower speeds and requirements of maneuverability
Perhaps hoping to judge public reaction for possible production, Smart will be showcasing its roof-free Forease battery-electric concept at the Paris Motor Show
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Perhaps hoping to judge public reaction for possible production, Smart will be showcasing its roof-free Forease battery-electric concept at the Paris Motor Show
The car is based on the standard production EQ Fortwo Cabrio model
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The car is based on the standard production EQ Fortwo Cabrio model
Everything about the Smart Forease concept makes sure that the onlooker knows it's an all-electric city car
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Everything about the Smart Forease concept makes sure that the onlooker knows it's an all-electric city car
Being based on a production model, the Forease could actually be marketed and safety inclusions like these rollbar seatbacks speak to that
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Being based on a production model, the Forease could actually be marketed and safety inclusions like these rollbar seatbacks speak to that
Smart wants the interior of the no-top Forease to reflect its connection with the environment; provided that environment is not rainy or snowy, of course
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Smart wants the interior of the no-top Forease to reflect its connection with the environment; provided that environment is not rainy or snowy, of course
The Smart Forease topless car would be perfect for places where it never rains, snows, or has any wind – like in a car show
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The Smart Forease topless car would be perfect for places where it never rains, snows, or has any wind – like in a car show
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Over the past couple of decades, the Smart brand has entered various little city car concepts into automotive shows. These have had varying themes, but all have been built off the idea of the Smart car and its tiny, tiny footprint. This year, an all-electric topless car is the concept.

Perhaps hoping to judge public reaction for possible production, Smart will be showcasing its roof-free Forease battery-electric concept at the Paris Motor Show starting October 4. The company says that this concept is a tribute to previous concepts shown in 2001 and 2011. Aiming to make the Smart car "cool" instead of "practical" (Smart's words), the Forease is a tiny roadster that should definitely be easy to park.

The Daimler/Mercedes-Benz brand Smart is not new to open-top concepts, with its Crossblade and Forspeed ideas having been showcased in the past. The brand, it appears, has a downright love of tiny cars with no tops. The Forease is really just another of those topless concepts ... even if Smart's marketing department does rehash terms like "unconventional" in the Forease's press release.

Smart wants the interior of the no-top Forease to reflect its connection with the environment; provided that environment is not rainy or snowy, of course
Smart wants the interior of the no-top Forease to reflect its connection with the environment; provided that environment is not rainy or snowy, of course

The Forease is aimed at urban driving, with its lower speeds and requirements of maneuverability. The car is based on the standard production EQ Fortwo Cabrio model, which provides the operating underpinnings for the new design. Smart plans to go all-electric globally in the near future, and the Forease shows that as well.

Using the EQ Fortwo Cabrio, we can make a guess as to the specifications for the Forease. The Fortwo Cabrio has a 60 kW (80 hp) maximum power output (41 kW/55 hp continuous) and accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.5 seconds. Its range is up to 160 km (100 miles) per charge with its 17.6-kWh, 96-cell battery pack. The Fortwo Cabrio requires three to six hours to charge, depending on charging output.

The main takeaway from the Smart Forease concept is that it will be workable as a real-world car, unlike the previous roadster concepts from the brand. This sets it apart, somewhat.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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6 comments
guzmanchinky
Make it faster and add self driving, I'd be sold.
Tom Lee Mullins
If they make a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, I think it would have great range and quicker time to get back on the road (refueling as opposed to waiting for the batteries to recharge).
Personally I think it is a mistake to only sell the ED version of the Fortwo in the USA. We Americans need longer range since there is a lot of open space in the USA.
I think Smart would do a lot better if they put those concepts they have into production. I think they would have a greater appeal. Plus they should sell the Forfour and Forfour plus in the USA (supposedly they said the American market was too crowded for the Forfour - it is crowded since more are wanting that category of car and less the two door two seat Smart).
Tom Lee Mullins
I think it is really cool looking. I think it would be better as a gas powered vehicle.
I think a fuel cell would give it longer range and reduce range anxiety. I think a fuel cell would be faster to refuel than to recharge.
ljaques
Jeeze, comments about speed and range anxiety for a strictly urban car are kinda myopic, folks. What's that figure? 95% of all driving is sub-25 miles in length. Just rent a long-distance vehicle for those thrice annual trips, eh? It'll work out cheaper over the life of the car. Besides, you don't want to do a 1,200 mile trip in a little beater like that.
Me? I'm guessing that the extremely busy feel to the inside of the car is an indication that Mercenary's Bends wants to get a nice, high price for it.
P.S: I'm still waiting for the Mr. Fusion, thankyouverymuch.
DaveWesely
Anything over 10 sec is dog slow. Funny, I thought it rained in the city...and got cold. So why not a roof? MB at least got the electric part right. And no, hydrogen fuel cells will never make it as an alternative to a BEV, especially on a vehicle this small.
christopher
Nice, except your body parts will be wiped off the bumper of the other car like a bug in the event of any crash.