The exceptional high maneuverability of the Smart Urban Vehicle results from the interplay of multiple approaches. First, the two electric motors at the rear axle contribute to steering through torque vectoring which distributes the drive force individually to the two rear wheels. The innovative front axle design enables steering angles of up to 75 degrees, enabling the vehicle to perform U-turns on a standard two-lane street.
The high maneuverability of the Smart Urban Vehicle is complemented by its rather agile electric powertrain. The two electric motors develop a performance of 40 kilowatts each, resulting in a top speed of 150 kmph (93 mph) – not exactly a typical speed for the average urban traffic, but on highways ZFs demo vehicle keeps up with the other traffic.