Hello, Insiders. A Minnesota smart center is expected to open in April at 4447 Canal Place SE, Rochester, MN, 55904. It’ll offer sales, service and parts for new and pre-owned smart vehicles.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Update (1/23/2013): For your reference, here is the official press release:…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…
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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…
I think many of us are guilty of thinking only of us and maybe our passengers when talking about the smart or any car for that matter. How does the car handle? How much stuff can I fit inside? What gas mileage does it get? But, how often do we think about the pedestrians and the safety aspect around not only keeping the driver and their passengers safe, but those on the outside of the car. This is ESPECIALLY important when talking about an electric car and how insanely quiet they can be…Continue
It’s me again! So, one of the cooler features of the all new smart electric drive is the Plug-in 120-Volt charger that’s stored in the tailgate compartment. This means that most any wall outlet can charge your smart back to full. It’s always with your smart when you need it and as you can see, it’s not bulky or difficult to use. Plug it into the wall. Plug the other end into the smart. Done. The yellow coil chord does stretch easily and gives you about 15 feet (my estimate) of slack so…Continue
Today is 12/12/12! What better way to celebrate than by sharing the song we wrote to commemorate the 12 days of smartmas?
On the first day of smartmas my true love gave to me, a tridion cell to protect me.
On the second day of smartmas my true love gave to me, two seats for riding and a…Continue
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Paul Smith and his daughter, Jennifer, recently became the first people to franchise Go-Go Gaggia. By equipping a smart car with a compact espresso maker, the company intends to serve top quality espresso to places without access to a good coffee shop.
As we all know, smarties like to think outside…Continue
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This is a little poem Connie wrote after our trip to Marble Falls.
It happened in a smart….
Top down, run around
Added by Connie and Tim Fellows on December 6, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 (http://smart.cr/SlbZFv) and follow his fun-filled journey.…Continue
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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.…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
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.
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.…Continue