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453 chassis: Most revealing shots to date

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You can really see the influence of the forjoy and forus concept vehicles.Continue

Renault Twingo hood operation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Angeloro - smart USA Mar 24. 9 Replies

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Train hits smart car in Anaheim

Started this discussion. Last reply by spicejax Jan 30. 9 Replies

Terrible news, but amazing how the smart held-up. Trucks and SUV's as well as any other auto always come into question when speaking about smart's safety prowess.  But a train....wow.  So glad they…Continue

smart Doesn't Care About a 4-door

Started this discussion. Last reply by Reed Lewis Mar 7. 9 Replies

Jalopnik is always tough on us, but this is correct in that we won't have the 4-seater/4-door here. The new 453 chassis though should not grow in size and in fact stay at 8.8' from what I know. We…Continue

 

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Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Robert Stout's discussion Plastic film falling off body panel
"I would ask you to call 1-800-smartUSA and speak to customer service. Sadly as jwights points out we see 2008-2010 Rally Red smart with the similar issue and many of the panels are being replaced with assistance from our field teams and Customer…"
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Eric Angeloro - smart USA liked SkippyThorson's discussion Bring The Smart ForFour To America
Mar 28
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to SkippyThorson's discussion Bring The Smart ForFour To America
"@jwight - Feedback from dealers. Market research. Word of mouth like this.   Heiko Schmidt our lead product manager whom some of you know, passed this on to Dr. Winkler and team yesterday.  I am curious to see what come out of…"
Mar 28
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453 chassis: Most revealing shots to date

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Mar 27
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to SkippyThorson's discussion Bring The Smart ForFour To America
"Hi Skippy, Please keep me posted on progress. I have sent along to management on my side in the interim so they are aware of your interest and initiative. - Eric"
Mar 27
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"I hear you both. I would love to see all of these models make our shores. There are a lot of factors, some of which I am not privy to, that I know support the reasons why not. I can tell you that Daimler has shared with us recently that a whole lot…"
Mar 24
Mike S. replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"Although I'm excited to see Renault and Mercedes-Benz collaborate on the new ForTwo, I am also bummed about the decision to NOT sell the ForFour in the USA.  Mercedes-Benz is not interested in selling the A Class here either.  I hope…"
Mar 24
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Hi Manfred, I am happy to hear they got back to you today, but was hoping for a better outcome. Considering the nature of the damage and the warranty policy, a 10% discount is a step in the right direction.  I will be sure to follow-up and…"
Mar 21
jwight replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"I am mystified by the decision not to bring the forfour and the 453 BRABUS into the USA (assuming that is the final decision...)  Mercedes-Benz can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars getting an entire line of cars and engines certified…"
Mar 21
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"Hi Carol, Not sure exactly, but usually comes down to $$$ and certifying the vehicle for sale in our country. It's not the easiest or cheapest.  I am inquiring : )"
Mar 21
Carol Thompson replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"Hi, Eric, Why did they decide NOT to bring the 105 hp Brabus to the States, do you know? Are you going to come to Jimmy's Bash on the Bridge in Lake Havasu in September?  Inquiring minds want to know.:)"
Mar 21
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"I will ping Randy."
Mar 21
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"That's OK. I can have it looked up by RO#."
Mar 20
Eric Angeloro - smart USA replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"Right now no 105hp BRABUS for U.S. There were discussions around bringing the pulse as a sporty option. Our dual-clutch should prove more reliable and we're getting it a quite an affordable price when factored in as an option on the…"
Mar 20
jwight replied to Eric Angeloro - smart USA's discussion Renault Twingo hood operation
"Agree - doesn't look like there's any additional space between the base of the windshield and the front of the car.  I'm happy with the current transmission also, but the new dual clutch sounds like a nice improvement (assuming…"
Mar 20

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The ED3 and Me - Safety

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

One question I know I have when talking about electric cars in general is how safe are they?  The smart electric drive offers the standard safety features of the gasoline smart such as 8-airbags in the coupe or 6-airbags in the cabriolet, Anti-lock brakes, ESP and the patented tridion safety cell. There are additional safety features that are unique to the electric drive.

The high-voltage on-board system shut-off:

In the event of an accident, the high-voltage on-board electrical…

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The ED3 and Me - Additional Instruments: Charge Level and Power Level Gauge (code V31)

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

The smart electric drive offers additional instruments or “dashboard pods” just like the gasoline smart fortwo. The difference is the electric drive instruments monitor Power and State of Charge or SOC.  Let’s break it down:



The charge level gauge or State of Charge (SOC) : Displays charge status of the high-voltage battery as a percentage.  When the High-voltage Battery is at reserve, a reserve level message appears in the instrument cluster while the drive system is in…

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The ED3 and Me - A/C Pre-charging

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

“It’s so hot out there.  I wish I could cool-off my car before I get into it.”  If you find yourself saying this a lot then the smart electric drive is for you.  The “Air conditioning before start” feature allows you to cool the interior of the vehicle before driving when it’s connected and charging with  120 or 240-volt connection.  You will also have the ability to set the departure time so your smart knows when to begin cooling-off up to 30-minutes prior to departure and up to 5 minutes…

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The ED3 and Me - Regenerative braking/charging

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 2:00pm 6 Comments

Do you know what regenerative braking is? If so, raise your hand.  My hand is up, but only because I have Engineers I can ask about it.  The simple explanation is that the car uses braking energy to charge the battery. The kinetic energy is transferred into electrical energy and fed back into the high-voltage battery which in turns increases range or the distance you can drive.  



This occurs in three different ways automatically:

1. Releasing your foot from the “gas” pedal…

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At 8:43am on May 31, 2012, Larry Smith said…
Eric, I sent you a message, I think. However, I can't tell for sure. Please let me know whether you received it or not. I am growing increasingly frustrated with this web site. Is there something I need to change in my browser settings? I am using Firefox version 5.0.1.
At 2:25pm on May 29, 2012, Larry Smith said…
Eric:

I was given your name by someone called "Smart Bob" on the Smart Car of America forum.

I need to find a 2011 Smart Car with electric drive for a short term lease (30 days) for a NHTSA study on Quieter Vehicles.

NHTSA will pay $40 per day for the use of the car and will pick it up and return it to you using a rollback tow truck (or hire a transport if it is too far away) to minimize the mileage put on it while it is in NHTSA's posession. The car will be driven in a straight line at low speed (up to approx. 20 mph) over a special flat asphalt test surface for sound measurements.

The car will not be modified or harmed in any way. The car will be driven less than 150 miles and is needed for one month (approx. June 1-30).

Now, I know that this car was just a prototype and that the production model will be released later this year. However, we are obligated by contract to try to find and test one of these prototypes within the next month or so. I have not been able to find one at any of the dealers within 500 miles of our site (NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Test Center at East Liberty, Ohio). I tried contacting Smart USA using their web E-mail form on the company web site a couple of times, but they won't reply. I tried calling the Customer Service number on the web site, but the nice lady who answered the phone told me I would have to contact a Smart dealer (which I already had done).

Our local Smart dealer (Shawn Crace, sales manager at Smart Center Easton) has been as helpful as he can. Shawn is going to provide us with a gas powered Smart car to test, but he said that his district rep told him that the electric Smart cars are just not available anywhere in the country. However, on the outside chance that there is still one that has not yet been sent back to Germany, I am hoping that you can help me find it.

I can E-mail you a copy of NHTSA's standard lease form. However, all of the lease terms, including the daily rate, are negotiable.

Thanks,
Larry Smith
Research Engineer
Transportation Research Center, Inc.
On assignment to NHTSA, Vehicle Research and Test Center
E-Mail: Larry.A.Smith.CTR@dot.gov
Telephone: 937-666-3250
FAX: 937-666-3250
At 7:08pm on February 29, 2012, spicejax said…

Great to see your posts on the positive press for the fortwo. Remember, as more 'Latest Activity' posts come in your 'Status Updates' will be gone for viewing, unlike a blog or discussion post. Food for thought.

MJB 

At 3:30pm on January 10, 2012, Russell Glissmann said…

Hi Eric!

What does it take to get an invitation to the Ungroup?

SMARTie Russ

At 10:51pm on December 12, 2011, Robert Ricewasser said…

Eric:  Thanks for getting in touch with me.  I would be happy to connect with smart and prospective smart owners anywhere.   We have been very fortunate to have a very active smart club in the Southern California area.  We have been having multiple events for the last few months.  You can check out our websight on:  www.meetup.com/socalsmarties.

At 11:41am on November 8, 2011, Billo said…
I thought you might get a kick out of this.

http://www.itibitismart.com/my_first_time.htm

As you can see, I've been a smart advocate since the very beginning back in 2000, and now have the sweetest smart in the country, as voted by the 215 attendees at the first National smart Car Rally in Kansas City back in 2010.

I like to call it "stock, but not!" No lambo doors or body kits. Its all about custom fabrication, imagination, attention to details and lots of love.

itibitismart.com has thousands of pictures, and many, many videos you might enjoy, too!

PS: MB-USA's campus in Montvale, NJ, is so beautiful! I always enjoyed meeting my wife for lunch in the cafeteria.

Billo & ITIBITI
www.itibitismart.com
At 2:57pm on September 2, 2011, spicejax said…
At 4:19pm on August 18, 2011, marc said…

Really like the smart insider community,

wish there was something like that for Canada!

 
 
 

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