Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: The ultimate urban ride?

I love Smart cars. Ever since studying abroad in Europe back in 2002, I’ve had a thing for ’em. And now that I’ve lived in a city for nearly 7 years, the thought of a real-world micro machine has become that much more enticing.

But is there anything better than a Smart car? Well, yeah. An all-electric Smart car, of course.

Supposedly due out in the USA in 2012, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive cars:

are fully powered by a 30 kW drive motor and 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. Using a standard 220V outlet, it takes only three and a half hours to charge the battery from 20 to 80 percent of its capacity and less than eight hours to fully charge it. The battery can also be charged using a common household 110V outlet.

Much like fuel economy, an electric vehicle’s range on a fully charged battery depends on usage patterns and environmental conditions. The smart fortwo electric drive is ideal in city use. In an urban environment at warm temperatures, the smart fortwo electric drive can achieve up to 98 miles on a full charge according to the U.S. EPA LA4 test cycle. In combined city and highway driving, the U.S. EPA estimates the range on the smart fortwo electric drive to be 63 miles.

Yes, please. The combination of all-electric power, ultra-parkableness, and the overall design make the electric Smarty unreasonably attractive to urban dwellers like me. Here’s to hoping Smart (Daimler and Tesla) can deliver this dream machine on time and on budget.