The all-electric Smart ED (Electric Drive) has been with us for around three years now, with the manufacturer first delivering 250 of them to the US for testing purposes, back in 2009. Well, now the car will enter official production and it will be available in Germany for as low as €18,910 ($23,585) for the basic car.

The car is powered by a 30 kW (55 kW in peak) electric motor which draws juice from a 17.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which at first was developed by Tesla for Daimler, Smart’s parent company. The car has a top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph) and it reaches 60 km/h (37.5 mph) in 4.8 seconds after setting off, giving it decent poke – more than adequate for town driving. If driven carefully, the car’s theoretical maximum range is 145 km (90.6 miles).

It will be available as both a coupe and cabrio, with the topless variant costing €22,000 ($27,500). This price does not include the monthly €60 ($75) battery lease, however, the car can be ‘completely bought’, if the customer so requests, but prices are considerably higher, with the coupe ending up costing €23,770 ($29,600) and the cabrio model costing €26,770 ($33,500).

By Andrei Nedelea