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
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
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…
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…
“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…Continue
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…