Charging Your 2018 smart EQ fortwo

Power description Charging Time Suggested Use
Level 1 Charging (120V), up to approximately 1.4 kWh Approx 14 to 16 hours (from empty)Overnight. At home, after work, plug in and forget for a long period.
 Level 2 Charging (240V), up to 7.2 kWh 2.5 to 3 hours (from empty)Home + Public Charging. A 1 hour charge may achieve up to 41% battery power.
Kamaal Peterson
Brand Manager, smart center West Covina

The 2018 smart EQ fortwo is equipped with a 110V charger, commonly referred to as "Level 1" charging. This is for easy compatibility at home and everywhere else. In general, if you can power a microwave or washing machine with a power outlet, you can also charge your electric vehicle. Assuming a low battery state of charge, the smart EQ fortwo will usually require 12 to 16 hours of Level 1 charging time.

Faster charging capability requires access to more electrical power. With access to a 240V "Level 2" power source, the smart EQ fortwo is capable of charging speeds up to 7.2kW.  At that charging speed, the smart EQ fortwo will generally require 2 to 3 hours of charging time if the battery is at a relatively low or nearly discharged battery state of charge.

I recommend downloading Blink[1]Chargepoint[2], and EVgo[3] applications for your smartphone.  These charging networks provide widely available Level 2 charging at an affordably low per-hour fee that will vary depending on the charger location.  Joining these networks will get you out of a jam if you travel a bit too far for your range requirements of the day.  If you don't have a smartphone, you may still join the networks by visiting their websites and setting up your account.  They will mail a membership card that you can use to unlock the charging station you plan to use.

It is also possible to have Level 2 charging at home.  There is a wide range of charging speeds available via Level 2 charging.  For the fastest charging performance, look for a charger that can support charging speeds of 7.2 kW or higher, although it is not absolutely necessary.  You can certainly opt for less powerful Level 2 chargers, as they offer considerably faster charging times than Level 1. You will also need to consider the existing infrastructure of your property, your driving requirements, and the cost the charger you are considering in order to determine "the best charger" for your needs.

"The best charger" for one driver is not necessarily the best charger for another.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (626) 430-3700.