November 2012 Blog Posts (11)

New York and Sustainability

Cathy Erway blogs about New York, sustainability and good food - and how everything can be combined. On the road with the smart fortwo electric drive, there's lots to discover.

Added by sUSAi Admin on November 30, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Rooftop Farm

A farm in the middle of New York City. Sounds absurd? Not for Viraj Puri. With his company, "Gotham Greens," he reduces transport distances to a minimum and accelerates a shift in thinking. Just like the smart fortwo electric drive.

Added by sUSAi Admin on November 29, 2012 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Bee Keeper

Andrew Cote is busy as a bee maintaining hives in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Follow him as he works - out and about with the smart fortwo electric drive.

Added by sUSAi Admin on November 27, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

smart Road Trip

Aram is taking his smart, Mandelbrot, all over the US. His 4 month road trip will start in Phoenix, AZ on 1/22/2013 and end in San Francisco, CA on 5/24/2013. Visit his website ( and follow his fun-filled journey.…


Added by sUSAi Admin on November 26, 2012 at 9:55am — No Comments

electric drive

Day 5:

Today was the last day of my great experience at the Hambach plant. I had a meeting with a person who is dedicated to organize and implement all US specific issues at the Hambach plant. As you probably know, US smarts are in some ways different from European ones. For example, the smart gets different headlights, different sun shields and a panic button on the key. These are just some examples to comply with US regulations and different consumer tastes.…


Added by Lena Arens on November 20, 2012 at 6:01pm — 3 Comments

Assembly Line

Day 4:

Today, I started at 6 am - early shift. When you have the chance to get insights into production, I think it is very important to work both shifts. Normal workers also switch shifts every week – meaning one week late shift, one week early shift. Thus, I adjusted my schedule to their rhythm.

After quality checks and headlights installation last week, I put together the flat-tire-set today. As you probably know, a smart has a repair set for tires which is…


Added by Lena Arens on November 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Installation Headlights

As promised here is a short video from the insides of the plant.

Day 2. Today I will actually participate in producing a smart. In order to ensure a smooth production, every step of the production process is thoroughly planned and all parts have their special location. The assembly line is divided into different stations. At each station something else…


Added by Lena Arens on November 15, 2012 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Lena in smartville

Lena is training in smartville. As part of her program, she gets to learn about smart from all angles, including the assembly line. Follow her blog as she chronicles her week in Hambach, France. Lena, our “unspy,” will provide Insiders with a behind the scenes look at the factory.

Day 1: Arriving in smartville

Day 2:…


Added by sUSAi Admin on November 14, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

arriving in smartville

Hi, smarties. My name is Lena. I work for the smart Marketing department in Germany. As part of my traineeship rotation I will spend a week at the smart assembly line in Hambach, France.

Day 1:

Today was my first day at Hambach, France. Hambach is located between Saarbrucken and Strasbourg, around 65 miles away from the German border. It is located next to a big highway in order to ship the cars as fast as possible to their next destinations, e.g. Bremerhaven.…


Added by Lena Arens on November 14, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Jam on the Dam

In October, smarties from all over the country came together for Jam on the Dam II. With over 120 vehicles, the 2010 record for “Most Cars on the Hoover Dam” was broken. Check out this video highlighting the adventure:


Added by sUSAi Admin on November 14, 2012 at 10:12am — 3 Comments

smart Drifting in the Snow

Wondering how smarts handle snow? Not too bad, if you catch our drift.

Visit the forum section for some winter driving tips from your fellow smarties:

Added by sUSAi Admin on November 1, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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