How to charge an electric car.

smart electric drive know-how – charging

Fresh energy for your smart electric drive.

To make sure you're always full of energy on your journeys around town, the smart electric drive models have a host of intelligent solutions on board – such as energy-saving ECO mode and anticipatory radar-based recuperationOnly in conjunction with passion, prime and proxy., which uses braking energy to charge the battery. Find out here how to charge your electric car from smart.

How to charge a smart electric drive
1. Take out the cable.

At public charging stations or your Wallbox you use the charging cable, which is supplied as standard with the smart electric drive models and is stowed away in space-saving mode in the boot.

2. Connect to power source.

Open the charge socket cover and connect the power source to the charge socket on your smart. Don't worry: you can't do anything wrong.

3. Start the charging process.

The charging process will normally begin as soon as the electric car is connected to the charging station. This will be indicated by the LED above the charge socket. The charging connector is locked into position automatically.

4. End the charging process.

With smart control you can keep an eye on the charge status at all times via smartphone, tablet or PC. Unlock the vehicle to end the charging process and release the lock at the charging socket. Disconnect the charging cable from the vehicle first and then from the mains.


What different types of charging facilities are there?

Charging station, Wallbox or domestic power socket.Wherever you recharge your car - with smart control you can keep in touch with your smart electric drive at all times via smartphone, tablet or PC. You can check the charge level and available range. smart control3 years' use from date of activation included, individually extendable thereafter. also provides a convenient means of controlling vehicle functions such as pre-entry climate control.

Your base station: The Wallbox.

When you're out and about: public charging stations.

Charging at a Wallbox.

The Wallbox is a powerful charging station for your garage, carport or company car park. This provides a convenient and particularly fast means of charging your electric car.

  • Charging time: 1 - 3.5 hoursThe charging times stated refer to charging from 20 to 100 percent. The optional 22 kW on-board charger is a prerequisite for charging in 1h (expected availability from 07/2017).  
  • Fast charging
  • For the home and the workplace
Public charging stations

More than 800 new charging stations are installed every month worldwide – above all in metropolitan areas. And virtually all charging stations support the Type 2 connector of your smart electric drive, which is standard in the EU. Recharging is particular simple at plug&chargeA contract with an electricity supplier is required in order to use Plug&Charge. The availability of Plug&Charge may vary according to country and electricity supplier. -capable charging stations: just connect your smart electric drive and it will transmit its individual plug&charge ID to the charging station, thereby identifying itself and starting the charging process. Billing takes place automatically in the background.

  • Charging time: 1 - 3.5 hoursThe charging times stated refer to charging from 20 to 100 percent. The optional 22 kW on-board charger is a prerequisite for charging in 1h (expected availability from 07/2017).  
  • Fast charging
  • When you are out and about or if you do not have a parking space of your own

Alternative: the household power socket.

Domestic power socket charging

No charging station or Wallbox nearby? With a charging cable for a domestic power socket (Mode 2 cable) you can also charge your smart electric drive at most standard earthing contact-type domestic sockets. As these are not designed to supply large quantities of electricity, charging takes a little longer.

  • Charging time 6 - 8 hours
  • Charging at a standard mains outlet



Charging preferences.

At home, at work or in town many facilities are available for charging a smart electric drive. In metropolitan areas, charging at home or at the workplace are the most popular options.

Where electric cars are charged

Which charging cable do I need?

Mode 3 cable: for the charging station.

Recognisable by the identical connectors at either end: the charging cable for Wallbox and public charging stations has been developed specifically for electric cars and is included as standard with the smart electric drive models. With this cable you will be able to connect your smart to almost all public charging stations.

Mode 2 cable: for domestic power sockets.

One end fits the charge socket on your smart. The other fits into an earthing contact-type domestic power socket. The charging cable for domestic power sockets is optionally available and is only required when no special charging station is available for electric cars.

Mode 3 charging cable for charging stations
Mode 2 charging cable for domestic sockets


Charging stations near you.

Charging stations near you

At home, at your workplace, near to your supermarket: where is the nearest charging station? Find public and semi-public charging facilities for your electric car – worldwide.