"As an owner of a tdi I feel comfortable saying that a diesel would be a hard sell. Especially considering that regular gas is $2.77/gal and diesel at the same station is $3.53. Typically diesels are slower than petrol counterparts and the last thing…"
"Oops, my apologies on the cvt / dct mix up. It was late! I had always read that the curb weight was 1650lbs....not 1800. That will skew the power:weight radio I mentioned but the principle is still the same."
"Performance-ish version would be nice. I actually bought my 2013 Smart because I read online that a new Brabus turbo was out. Went to the dealer to order one only to find it was EU only. Ended up buying one off the showroom anyway.
"i should buy one in the u.s. and then let it sit there unused? ive been waiting years for an ev like this. cant fault me for accepting a job transfer. i'd be more than happy to buy one as soon as its available in aus. my intent hasnt changed,…"
"Is this something that will be available worldwide in spring or just the US? I may be transfering to Australia in a few months and want to know about availability in other markets.
Also, an online build configurator would be real…"
"I wonder how long it will be before someone can tell me which fuse to pull to turn that feature off. I don't deal with pedestrians almost ever and I consider the quietness of an EV to be a positive selling point. Making something…"
"Just got the newest update via email. The vehicle was rated at 122mpge but only a range of 68miles. This still meets all of my needs but not as comfortably. After doing some quick recalculations I cam up with the following…"
"Different EV's have different tactics for heating/cooling the cabins. I've heard some manufacturers say a 5-14% range reduction for constant AC. I've heard some claim as little as 3% for heat. I would think the Smart EV would be…"
"I was providing the formula for everyone to find out EXACTLY how much a full charge would cost them. They only assumptions you have to make are how much range you'll get from a full charge. Due to the vast differences in power rates and…"
"I think you need to look at it a little differently...but yes, I've done the math.
What is important is the "cost per mile". Here's how the math breaks down for me...using my utility rates.
cost per Kwh = $0.073
"So where do you think these advancements will come from in 10 years without us early adopters? Besides, there's this assumed mentality that people MUST HAVE vehicles that go 300 miles without stopping. This is just not true. I need about…"
FINALLY! It’s going to be here soon! The 2013 Smart Car National Convention and Car Show!!!!!!! Come to Westminster, Colorado (Suburb of Denver) and join hundreds of smart cars July 10-14, 2013, for a full convention! Enjoy the Events, Vendor Booths, Tech Talks, 4 Drives, Banquet, Concert, and of course, a CAR SHOW! Lots of free schwag, and prizes being given away. For more information and to register, go to www.smartcarnatls.com. This event is going to be the largest Smart Car Event in US history! Come and join the fun! We hope to see you there!
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