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…Continue
Added by New EV on March 4, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
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.
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.…Continue
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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…
Added by sUSAi Admin on February 3, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments
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 Mick Keenoy on November 6, 2013 at 1:18am — No Comments
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
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! …Continue
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 …Continue
Added by louis lemoine on October 14, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments
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!
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:…
Added by sUSAi Admin on September 30, 2013 at 8:04pm — No Comments
"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:…Continue
Added by sUSAi Admin on September 27, 2013 at 3:56pm — No Comments
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
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
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…Continue
Added by Henry Unger on September 17, 2013 at 1:59am — No Comments
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. #SafetyFirstContinue
Added by sUSAi Admin on September 16, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Traveling to Minneapolis and can’t bring your smart? No problem. car2go, your smart-share extraordinaire, is expanding to the growing metropolis and bringing with it its fleet of blue and white smarts. http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/221950991.html
Added by sUSAi Admin on September 12, 2013 at 3:08pm — No Comments
smarts are eco-friendly cars. They’re fuel efficient (or don’t run on fuel at all!), completely recyclable, and focused on making as small a carbon footprint as possible. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that their birthplace, the factory at smartville, decided to go through some extensive renovations to lower their carbon footprint and increase efficiencies wherever possible. Check out these…Continue
We know that smarts are the ultimate urban vehicle. So it should come as no surprise that InsideEV has dubbed the smart electric drive “The Ideal Urban Electric.”Continue
Added by sUSAi Admin on September 4, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments
When one smart just isn’t enough, get another! That’s what Atherton resident Tricia Young did. Her second smart is a welcome, zippy, all-electric addition to her smart family.Continue