Ah, spring: the sun is out, plants are in bloom, sundresses have returned to rippling in warm breezes…

And as it just so happens, the all-new smart electric drive will be landing on American soil just in time to answer the call of the open road.

And we’ve got the inside track on their nationwide funtestdrive tour, which puts you behind the wheel of one before anyone else. (Not to mention, gets you the chance to take one home for two years.*)

Consider the smart electric drive the future of electric motoring—and the opposite of every complaint you’ve ever heard about it. Actually, while we’re at it, let’s take a moment to correct a few complaints about electric vehicles.

“EVs are slowpokes”: smart’s innovative single-gear-motor technology means instant torque, so you’ll get plenty of jump off the line. (Little-known fact: smarts are engineered by Mercedes-Benz. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s to trust those German engineering masterminds.)

“EVs are prohibitively expensive”: The smart electric drive is priced lower than other electric cars at a mere 25 grand. Not too shabby, considering you’ll never be paying for gas ever again.

“EVs aren’t convertibles”: Glad you mentioned it, because the smart electric drive is the only electric-powered cabriolet on the market. (The state-of-the-art remote-controlled top opens and closes in mere seconds, even at high speeds.)

Oh, and about putting you in the driver’s seat: smart has begun a nationwide tour of first-look drives that aren’t your average dealership test-drives. There’s no telling what else you’ll find at your funtestdrive, but you can expect some off-the-beaten-path attractions. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win your own smart electric drive two-year lease.

We like your odds.

*24-month lease. For official rules and additional prize information, click here.