Paris Motor Show 2012: smart BRABUS electric drive

smart is expanding its portfolio of zero-local-emission cars to include the particularly dynamic smart BRABUS electric drive. Like the production model, the uprated variant is available as a coupé and a cabrio.

Electric driving pleasure à la smart plus an extra portion of driving dynamics. That’s the smart BRABUS electric drive that can be ordered from 27 September. Its powerful electric drive is based on the technology of the new smart fortwo electric drive, but it delivers more of everything. For example, peak power output of 60 kW and maximum torque of 135 Nm which, in conjunction with a more agile response to the accelerator pedal in the sports programme, provides for noticeably better acceleration. The bundle of power achieves the sprint from 0 to 60 km/h that is relevant in inner cities in just 4.4 seconds.

“The smart BRABUS electric drive is our sports car with a green heart”, says smart boss Dr Annette Winkler. “Electric driving in the city is more fun than ever with short bundle of power.” The same applies outside city limits: the smart BRABUS electric drive sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and with a top speed of 130 km/h it is also a little faster than the basic model. And despite the enhanced performance it has the same range of 145 kilometres (NEDC).

Dynamic and distinctive appearance

The smart BRABUS electric drive also has a particularly dynamic look. Like the BRABUS Xclusive vehicles, the smart BRABUS electric drive is available all in black, white or silver. Dark BRABUS headlamps, BRABUS “Monoblock VII” alloy wheels (16″ at the front and 17″ at the rear) and BRABUS Xclusive aerodynamic body styling parts complete the sporty look. Numerous BRABUS Xclusive components accentuate the exceptional position of the electric two-seater. These include the instrument panel and interior door trims in leather optic, leather seats, stainless steel sports pedals with rubber nubs, BRABUS hand-brake handle, BRABUS dashboard instruments (battery charge indicator and power indicator), and the BRABUS sports steering wheel with rocker switches for manual battery recuperation (incl. sport programme). A special rear apron insert with double reflectors rounds off the sporty look.

BRABUS is offering the “electric green style package” as an option. The tridion safety cell, door mirror caps and BRABUS front flaps come in electric green, the radiator grille is painted in the bodypanel colour, and interior accent trim parts and contrast components also come in electric green.

All electric smart customers can also opt to make their vehicles even more individual and can choose from an almost unlimited range of colour and material combinations offered in the smart BRABUS tailor made programme.

“Like all smart BRABUS vehicles this smart also follows our philosophy of more style, more power and more exclusiveness”, says Bodo Buschmann, CEO of the Bottrop customiser BRABUS. “Our smart electric drive version appeals to customers who attach importance to environmental friendliness and also want even more sportiness and exclusiveness.”

Electric power from any socket

With the optional rapid charging function the empty battery of the smart BRABUS electric drive can be fully recharged in just an hour. Charging at a wallbox takes around six hours in most countries and seven hours with electricity from a domestic socket. smart will offer wallboxes in future in cooperation with SPX, one of the world’s leading suppliers of technology solutions in the fields of energy and automotive as a global installation and service partner, and with KEBA, a specialist for innovative E-charging infrastructure and wallboxes.

Technical data – an overview

  smart fortwo electric drive coupé & cabrio smart BRABUS electric drive coupé & cabrio
Motor (type) Electric motor
(magneto-electric motor)
Electric motor
(magneto-electric motor)
Continuous output in kW 35 35
Max. power in kW 55 60
Max. torque in Nm 130 135
Acceleration 0-100 km/h in s 11.5 10.2
Acceleration 0-60 km/h in s 4.8 4.4
Maximum speed in km/h 125 130
Range in km 145 145
Battery capacity in kWh 17.6 17.6
Battery type lithium-ion lithium-ion
Charging time (230 V) without wallbox in h 7 7
Charging time (230 V) with wallbox in h 6 6
Charging time rapid charging (400 V/22 kW) with wallbox in h 1 1

Starting electric mobility

From 27 September the new smart BRABUS electric drive can be ordered from smart dealers in 11 countries.

Prices in Germany (incl. 19% VAT):

  coupé cabrio
smart BRABUS electric drive €29,990.00 €33,080.00

Always know how far you can go: smart BRABUS vehicle homepage

As with the smart fortwo electric drive, the smart drive app can also be supplemented with functions tailored to the smart BRABUS electric drive. The current state-of-charge and the SmartCharging charge configuration can be controlled and managed via a web portal from a home computer, a tablet pc or with a modern smartphone.

What’s more, the vehicle homepage offers every smart fortwo electric drive customer a chance to visualise the range on an interactive map with 3D views. The nearest public charging stations can also be seen at a glance. If a desired destination is further away than the available range the vehicle homepage can be used to quickly check how long the battery still needs to be charged for to reach it. Among other factors, the depiction of the range considers the topography and the route profile.

The intuitive graphic depiction that can be combined with 3D views and satellite images is a particularly attractive feature. Furthermore, the vehicle itself can also become active: information on the state of charge and range can be sent by email or Twitter message, for example. The driver is notified as soon as the desired range can be reached with the current charge.

Intelligent charging

The smart BRABUS electric drive can be connected to the internet at home via a standard powerline adapter (Homeplug AV) for SmartCharging. After entering the planned departure time in the vehicle or the web portal the vehicle will be fully charged in a battery-saving and economical way. Public charging is very straightforward. With Plug&Charge the vehicle identifies itself as soon as it is plugged into a compatible charging point and the charging process is settled automatically.

Completely carbon-neutral and zero-emission motoring with renewable energy

In Germany all new smart fortwo electric drives (BRABUS and standard model) will be completely carbon-neutral. Daimler will additionally provide as much “green” electricity as all new smart fortwo electric drives and smart BRABUS electric drives sold in Germany consume – without support measures from the Renewable Energy Act.

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