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Remember the Smart ForTwo? Two seats, super-short, looked like a toy? Well, that’s history, and now we have a completely new kind of Smart. A pure electric, ultra-modern Smart, fit for a new age of electrified motoring. Say hello to the company’s first purpose-built electric car – the #1.

Developed as part of a joint venture between Mercedes and Chinese electric car giant Geely, the #1 (which Smart bosses insist should be called ‘hashtag One’) will be the first of a range of all-electric cars that will be sold both in China and Europe. Although Smart has traditionally been associated with small cars – the original CityCoupe and ForTwo were famed for their remarkably compact size – the #1 marks the start of a new era for the brand.

The #1 comes with a single 62kWh battery option and has a WLTP figure of between 260 and 273 miles. It launches with 150kW DC fast charging capability and AC charging at a maximum of 22kW on all but the entry level Pro+ model. These specs, according to Smart, will allow the #1 to charge from 10-80% in under 30 minutes.

All but the entry level Pro+ models get a heat pump as standard, which promises to minimise the range loss when the thermometer dips. We’d expect the #1 to return around 250 miles of range in warm weather and 220 miles in winter.

Join Ginny as she drives the #1 in the UK for the first time and delivers the Electrifying.com verdict. Has smart got a winner on its hands with the #1? Will you be putting it on your shortlist? Let us know in the comments below.

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