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The Scoop: smart Update and Introducing "Electricuriouis"

Hello Insiders! It’s been quite a while since I contributed to “The Scoop.”  For many of us, spring has not only come in like a lion, but it’s going out like one too.  For smart however, March overall has been and is continuing to be a lion, but for all good reasons.



Sales of our current 451 chassis are strong and we’re on pace to crack 650 units sold for the month. The eBike is beginning to make its way to showrooms in Portland and San…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on April 11, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Scoop: Updates to the Insiders Community

Hi Smart Insiders!
 
We wanted to kick off the week by letting you know that we’ve made a few subtle changes to the smart USA Insider’s community with our members in mind. We hope that the improvements will elevate your experience when interacting with the site and reinforce the fact that your participation is valued.…
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Added by sUSAi Admin on April 9, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

San Diego to the Arctic Circle

I've finally found time to document my 2013 expedition: A Smart car trip from San Diego, California to the Arctic Circle (and back). 

The details and lots of photos are found on this link:…

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Added by Kim Bridges on March 27, 2014 at 3:32pm — 4 Comments

My 2014 4th Smart Car

I recently purchased my fourth Smart car. Had a 2009,leased a 2013 and later purchased a 2013. I am an elderly car enthusiast and during my working days, drove Volkswagen Beetles. These cars are absolutely perfect for my retired lifestyle. I live in a very small town that has been on the Jennie-O turkey commercial. It is around 20 miles from big city life except when about 1000 bicycler arrive on Thursdays in the summer to have a good time and commraderie. I don't usually post on forums but…

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Added by Joe LaSala on March 18, 2014 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Extending EV Drive Ranges, "To Do or Die" The viability battle ensues!!!!!

The verdict is in, the short term solution to long range EV's is not in advancing battery technologies. What most don't realize is the advent of EV's in broad markets can be a double edge sword ready to cut EV production at it's inception. The problem? limited battery run times are not expected to allow the EV to compete with combustion engine drive ranges any time soon. The solution? Industry must look beyond evolving the battery; a slow and unpredictable route for EV's. If we are to see a…

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Added by New EV on March 4, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

smart Accessories Collection

Driving a smart is not just a car, it's a lifestyle! We're getting ready to revamp our smart accessories collection and want to hear from you. What awesome lifestyle equipment do you think smart should carry?

We'd love to see your thoughts in the comments below.

Added by sUSAi Admin on February 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

BRABUS Rims Giveaway Update! The Finished Product.

Derek Sweeney was the lucky winner of our Brabus rims giveaway a few months back. He sent us some pics of his smart rollin' on these awesome new rims, so we figured we'd share. Thanks Derek! These turned out awesome.…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on February 7, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Stats on the new smart e-bike

Uphill. Downhill. It’s all easy with smart's new electric assist bike. We'll be rolling out a pilot program in select US cities this year, so stay tuned for more info on how you can get your hands on smart's latest addition to its urban mobility lineup. In the mean time, here are some stats that are sure to get you excited:



Range: 62 miles

Charging Time (0-100%): 4-5 hours

Max. Speed: 20 mph

Max. Tourque: 7.9 lb-ft

Electric Motor: 350 watt

Battery: 423 Wh…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on February 3, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

Is a hybrid coming?

I have heard about the electric Smart, but that is not enough mileage range - is there any plan to bring out a hybrid? 

Added by Vickie Williams on January 22, 2014 at 8:54pm — 2 Comments

Little KillerBee stings the Dragon

I will donate the wheels and tires to the 2014 Midwest Rallye to given away to help fund the Rallye so everyone can share in the fun.

Added by Mick Keenoy on November 6, 2013 at 1:18am — No Comments

Black Brabus 15" wheels:

get-attachment.jpg  Here is a photo of my 08 Passion. I would love to win the wheels.

Added by Robert Ricewasser on October 28, 2013 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Brabus Rims Giveaway

Hey smart USA insiders! Want a sexy set of glossy black 15” BRABUS rims, as well as tires for your smart? Of course you do. And it just so happens that we want to give some away. To enter, reply to this post and attach a photo of your smart and you’ll be in the running to win. Good luck!  …

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Added by sUSAi Admin on October 21, 2013 at 5:30pm — 46 Comments

brabus monoblock Vll rims for sale...

I have a set of Brabus mono block VII rims for sale. They are the 16/17 combo. the front 16's are near new however the 17's developed slight bends in the lip due to the low profile tires. I talked to a wheel guy and they can be repaired for about $175 per wheel. i will not split up the set and i will not ship these wheels anywhere. i live in california about 20 minutes east of los angeles. these rims were $3000 new plus tax. am selling them for $2000.00 …

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Added by louis lemoine on October 14, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

Signing off

Just to update everyone (anyone?) who's still out there: I have opted out of all my remaining group memberships, but I am going to keep this account active in the off-chance some big news comes our way.  

All in all, the experience of owning the smart was a mixed bag: sometimes a lot of fun, sometimes a surprisingly big bill for such a little car.


I've moved on, but I will never forget Ichigo!

Added by George Bastuba on October 7, 2013 at 8:31pm — 1 Comment

smart at National Plug In Day



This weekend smart took part in the National Plug In Day festivities in LA. Electric enthusiasts from around the country converged on California to celebrate a day to plug in, recharge, and get amped about thefuture of electric mobility. Check out these pictures from the event at the link below:…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on September 30, 2013 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Pimp My (small, eco-friendly) Ride

"Gas was killing me and I thought, 'Let me get one of these smart cars and customize and see how it goes,'" said Craig Hoi Pong, the 35-year old who owns Hoi Pong Customs shop in Sunrise, Fla. "I'm not at the mercy of the gas pump (now), but I wanted it to look cool.”

Take a look at Craig’s smart and the customizations that make it uniquely his:…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on September 27, 2013 at 3:56pm — No Comments

The true cost of an electric drive?

You can lease a smart electric drive for less than you average monthly gas costs. Don’t believe us? Then look here: http://www.smartusa.com/models/electric-drive/overview.aspx

Added by sUSAi Admin on September 23, 2013 at 5:11pm — No Comments

BoConcept Tab Live

Good news; smart has partnered with the amazing designers at BoConcept to bring you the edition BoConcept smart. Even better news; it’ll be available to own this fall. Check it out and see what happens when design meets mobility. http://smart.cr/16SgsbZ

Added by sUSAi Admin on September 17, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments

8th Annual City of Santa Monica Altcar Expo & Conference

As the proud owner of a 2013 smart electric drive as well as a member of smart’s Team 250, I’ve been asked to serve on the Alternative Technology Vehicle Owner Panel at the 8th Annual City of Santa Monica Altcar Expo & Conference. It’s this Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Santa Monica Civic Center, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica. My panel, hosted by Dave Kunz, Car Specialist, ABC7 Eyewitness News, is from 1:35 to 2:45. Registration is free. Parking is $10. Would love to see you…

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Added by Henry Unger on September 17, 2013 at 1:59am — No Comments

EV Crash Test Rating

Wanna know who just got an overall 4-star crash test rating? The smart electric drive, that’s who! Throw your hands up in the air, and…wait, we don’t have hands. Whatever. #SafetyFirst

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Added by sUSAi Admin on September 16, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments

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