Smart’s new all-electric VW ID3 rival Ray Massey takes a spin
I’ve just driven a shotgun as a passenger on UK roads in an almost production-ready prototype version of the new Smart #1 crossover.
And it’s impressive too. Fast, airy, comfortable, with a premium interior, and it feels bigger inside than I expected.
It’s perfectly suited for commuting around town, cruising on the highway or navigating winding country roads.
On sale from the end of the year from around £32,000, it will rival the Hyundai Kona EV and Volkswagen’s ID.3, but still has some teething issues on wind noise around windshield seals.
It is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Chinese Geely, powered by a 200 kW (272 hp) engine with a top speed of 180 km/h. Weighing just 1,820 kg, the low-profile battery helps maintain stability.
The claimed range is up to 273 miles, and it promises an AC charge of up to 80 per cent in three hours, and less than 30 minutes with a super-fast DC charger.
Battery Powered LEVC Booths in Platinum Pageant
Electric taxi maker LEVC has created three battery-powered platinum TX London taxis to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant tomorrow.
Taxis will take VIPs to their seats before the start of the show.
The London Electric Vehicle Company, which manufactures electric taxis and vans in Coventry, said: ‘LEVC are proud to be part of the Pageant as the creators of the iconic black cab.
The company recently celebrated 7,000 global sales of TX electric taxis since its launch in 2018.
They now make up more than a third of London’s black cabs.
There is a fitting connection to the royal family – the late Duke of Edinburgh used a black cab to drive incognito through London.
The company is owned by Chinese car giant Geely, which since 2014 has invested £500m in its UK factory.