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The Smart Forease+ is one cute electric city car

It’s still a show car for now, to be presented in Geneva

Mini will soon (2020) have a full-electric product lineup. PHOTO FROM SMART

Last year, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, minicar maker Smart displayed the Forease, a cute, all-electric concept car. Made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the brand, the small (and roofless) show car easily stood out in a sea of more conventional-looking automobiles. However, it had its share of critics who complained about the absence of sun protection. Smart was then, er, smart to acknowledge the objection. Hence the Forease+ you see here.

The roof makes this thing much more versatile than the original Forease car it is based upon. PHOTOS FROM SMART

Based on the Forease, the Forease+ is a lot like the original version, but with the addition of subtle exterior elements like the lights and the “less playful” paint job. Of course, the biggest difference between the two show cars is the installation of a roof, which is a hard but light shell covered in soft fabric. This roof can be effortlessly put in place or removed depending on your whim.

The design of the cockpit seems to have a calming effect. It looks like a happy place to be in. PHOTOS FROM SMART

To be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this coming week, the Forease+ is just a preview of the things to come for Smart. By 2020, the company’s current offerings—Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour—will all be using electric propulsion. With the fun, quirky appearance of these diminutive city cars from Daimler, electric vehicles for urban dwellers promise to be anything but boring. If only we had them in our market.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.