The All-Electric Smart #1 SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Smart #1 SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 66 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 440 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Smart #1 SUV

In June 2020, Smart Europe GmbH was founded, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Smart Automobile Co. Ltd. The company is a joint venture between the German automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Co,, Ltd, the privately-owned Chinese automotive manufacturer.

The vision of the joint venture is to “position Smart as a leading provider of intelligent electric vehicles in the premium segment’. The Smart Europe based team is responsible for all sales, marketing and after-sales activities. The Smart portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) include:

Many of us are familiar with the first-generation compact Smart electric cars, often seen in large urban centres. In April 2022, the company introduced its second-generation of electric cars at the world premiere of its latest latest battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the Smart #1 SUV. The #1 name does seem confusing, but it is intended to be pronounced as ‘Hashtag One’!

The Smart #1 SUV is the first all-electric SUV from the company and also heralds its intention for its next-generation of pure electric cars. The e-SUV is a renewal of the automotive brand and company, which is keen to become more global, to include, increasing its market presence in China. In fact, the Smart #1 uses Geely’s new all-electric platform called the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA-2).

The Smart #1 EV is more practical than the first-generation compact Smart EQ electric cars (mostly, two-seaters). Though the first-generation compact EQs were developed for the urban environment, the EQ electric cars offered limited practicality and appeal. That is all set to change with the new generation Smart #1 EV. It is evident that the company has assessed carefully the needs of the consumer and the type of electric car best suited to deliver market success for a broader user base.

At the world premier of the e-SUV, the company was keen to stress that a key factor in the development of the electric SUV was to eliminate the fear of ‘range anxiety’. The Smart #1 EV certainly does that! The electric SUV has a 66 kWh onboard EV battery, compared to the 17.6 kWh EV battery in the Smart EQ electric cars.

The e-SUV has a claimed WLTP emission-free electric range up to 440 km, while the EQ electric cars offer an electric range below 160 km. Of course, the real-world e-range will be less than the claimed range, impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, payload, weather, road surface, temperature, onboard services used, regenerative braking profile and more!

A realistic real-world electric range will be closer to 400 km. Even though the Smart #1 is positioned as an ‘urban companion’, the electric car is also practical for those living in rural areas. In terms of length, the new generation e-SUV offers more practicality compared to the EQ EV. The Smart #1 has a length of 4.2m and 1.6m height, compared to 2.6m and 1.5m for the EQ cars. Though the #1 is positioned as a SUV, it is really closer to a crossover.

The electric SUV offers a boot size up to 273 L and a small frunk (15 L). Though the boot space is not as large as some competitor cars, it is a massive improvement from the first-generation EQ (185 L). The #1 EV also incorporates a gesture-powered automatic tailgate. For those new the electric driving, a frunk is storage space in the front of the EV, one of the advantages of having removed the internal combustion engine (ICE) in a BEV!

The Smart e-SUV offers DC charging up to 150 kW DC and a three-phase 22 kW AC onboard charger as standard. Given the size of the onboard EV battery, a DC rapid charging capability up to 150 kW DC is more than sufficient, allowing the EV to be charged from 10% – 80% in 30 minutes.

As most homes in India are powered by single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the onboard 22 kW AC charger, will only be for those with access to three-phase AC EV charging at home or the workplace. Of course, one can also take advantage of 3 phase AC public charging stations. At 22 kW AC, the onboard EV battery can be fully charged in 3 hours.

Single-phase (7 kW) EV charging will take longer. We encourage charging at home via a dedicated single-phase EV charger like myenergi zappi. Though the EV can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car.

We at e-zoomed recommend charging the EV at home, overnight, when the electricity prices are cheaper. Moreover we also encourage home owners to take advantage of on-site renewable energy generation and battery storage. The benefits for electric car owners are immense, to include, financial savings and achieving true ‘well-to-wheel’ zero-tailpipe emission electric driving.

The Smart electric SUV is available in four variants, though initially, only the Launch Edition will be available. For the top of the range, Brabus, the EV is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD), while the other variants are rear-wheel drive (RWD). The company intends to manufacture up to 1,000 units of the Launch Edition. This variant is available in one colour scheme, a white body coupled with a platinum gold metallic roof.

The electric car offers a host of safety features, that we have now come to expect from the latest generation of electric cars. These include: adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, active lane keeping system, blind spot assist, highway and traffic jam assist, auto parking assist, adaptive high beam assist and more.

The e-SUV also incorporates 7 airbags. In terms of infotainment, the EV has a 12.8″ touch-screen central display and a 9.2″ full digital instrument cluster. For those that love ambient lighting, the EV offers 64 colours in 20 illumination levels.

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive #1 electric car can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds (maximum power: 272 PS/ torque: 343 Nm). The four-wheel drive Brabus variant can achieve 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed for the EV is 180 km/h. The electric car also benefits from instant torque.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! The EV is not available in India.

Decent pure electric range for city and motorway drivingHeat pump not standard on all variants
150 kW DC charging and 22 kW AC onboard charger as standardLimited boot space
Nippy performanceCheaper alternatives available


The All-Electric Smart #1 SUV (credit: Smart)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
Smart #1 SUV (from ₹ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 66 kWh
Charging:150 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 22 kW AC (10%-80%: 3 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1636
Width (mm):1822
Length (mm):4270
Wheelbase (mm):2750
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):273

Smart #1 Launch Edition
EV Battery Capacity:66 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):400 – 440 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/160km):28.8
Charging:150 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 22 kW AC (10%-80%: 3 hrs)
Top Speed:180 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.7 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):272
Torque (Nm):343
Kerb Weight (kg):1,820
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)

Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than in 2023. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV.

The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 500 km on a single charge, while PHEVs average closer to 50 km. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!

In India, we have also witnessed an increase in the availability of pure electric cars. Some of these include: the all-electric BMW i7, the all-electric Kia EV6, the all-electric BMW iX, the all-electric BYD ATTO 3 and many more! Expect this momentum to increase significantly, as more EV automotive manufacturers cast an eye on the Indian automotive market!

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)
Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel.
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to aninternal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution,compared to aninternal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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