Under the microscope: the smart electric drive in studies: Good marks in surveys

Feb 22, 2017

The new smart electric drive is already the fourth generation of electric mobility for smart. It goes without saying that the experiences of previous users were considered in the development of the new models – with several studies confirming that smart electric drive drivers are extremely happy with their purchase decision.

Buyers of the last generation smart fortwo electric drive expressed above-average satisfaction with their vehicle, first and foremost due to its environment-friendliness (79%), followed by the acceleration (75%) and the quiet drive (75%) according to the results of an internal survey of buyers of new smart cars in 2015. In addition to the advantages of electric drive such as the drive/motor (40%) and low emissions (20%), classic smart strengths such as compact dimensions (31%) and manoeuvrability (28%) were among the top buying reasons.

In contrast, the Technical University of Dresden examined the everyday practicality of electric vehicles in a study. In November 2015 the two authors, René Pessier and Armin Raupbach, interviewed precisely 685 drivers of electric cars in Europe on topics such as purchase decision-making parameters, driving and usage behaviour and charging infrastructure. Here are some of the results:

  • Most respondents use another vehicle in addition to the electric car, almost half of them (49.7%) a vehicle with conventional drive.
  • In terms of general satisfaction with the vehicle the smart electric drive is above average and ranks fourth out of the nine electric vehicles considered. It therefore leads the line-up of German electric cars.
  • Private charging clearly dominates. In Germany only one in three drivers has access to all kinds of charging infrastructure, although internationally this figure rises to almost every second driver. A Wallbox at home is the primary source of charging current. Due to the regular usage, this and charging at the workplace are of decisive importance.

A survey by the digital association Bitkom in 2016 showed great interest in electric cars in Germany. Although German consumers are still reticent about buying them, electric cars could soon change the face of the city. According to the Bitkom survey approximately 7 out of 10 Germans (69 percent) could imagine buying an electric car.

However, a prerequisite for 62 percent of the respondents is that they are able to travel a similar distance with a battery charge as with a conventionally powered vehicle. 47 percent would buy an electric car if it were no more expensive than a comparable car with a petrol or diesel engine. A further prerequisite for 37 percent is that the vehicle has a similar level of comfort to a conventional car – for example as regards spaciousness and equipment.

The basis for the information is a study carried out by Bitkom Research on behalf of the Bitkom digital association. 1010 people aged 18 and over were interviewed including 773 car drivers. The survey is representative. The question asked was: Could you imagine buying an electric vehicle?