smart fortwo electric drive – safety elements

All-round protection: innovations for your safety.

Needless to say, the smart fortwo electric drive shares the smart fortwo's innovative safety concept.

Active and passive safety systems offer maximum protection for the minimal length of 2.69 metres. As part of the smart safety concept, the lithium-ion battery is housed in an optimal position in the vehicle underbody.

Safety features.

smart fortwo electric drive – battery position


The positioning of the battery in the vehicle underbody offers the best possible deformation protection in the event of a collision. The battery's low centre of gravity also noticeably improves the handling and driving dynamics.

smart fortwo electric drive – crash boxes

Crash boxes.

Steel deformation elements at the front and rear absorb the energy from minor collisions at low speeds, and ensure that the tridion safety cell itself remains undamaged. A damaged crash box is simple to replace.

smart fortwo electric drive – safety seats with integral seat belts

Safety seats with integral seat belts.

The sheet steel structure with integrated headrests lends the seats a high level of mechanical stability. In a frontal impact the belt tensioner will reduce any slack in just a few milliseconds.

smart fortwo electric drive – high seating position

A high seating position.

These not only keep you safe – because in a crash you are generally above the direct danger zone – but also give you a better view of what's happening on the road. 

smart fortwo electric drive – the wheel as a deformation element

The wheel as a deformation element.

In a head-on collision, the front wheel is supported by the side member, thus absorbing a substantial proportion of the impact energy. The short wheelbase means that the other vehicle involved in a side-on crash will almost always hit the wheel and the suspension components behind. This ensures that the passenger cell remains virtually stable, so that the doors can still be opened easily after a side-on collision.

smart fortwo electric drive – airbags


Two full-size front airbags offer maximum protection for driver and passenger in the event of a frontal impact. The head/thorax side airbags that come as standard in the smart fortwo electric drive protect the head and chest in the event of a side-on impact. Additional safety is offered by the robust steel door structure.

smart fortwo electric drive – abs and esp

abs and esp®.

When the vehicle is in danger of skidding, the electronic stability programme (esp®) brakes specific individual wheels in order to prevent the car from breaking away. The anti-lock braking system (abs) ensures that the vehicle remains steerable and stays on track even when the brakes are applied heavily.

smart fortwo electric drive – hydraulic brake assist

Hydraulic brake assist.

If you step on the brakes quickly but not firmly enough in a dangerous situation, hydraulic brake assist will help you by initiating controlled emergency braking.