In an interview with Autoblog, Smart USA General Manager Tracey Matura, stated the smart electric drive may be the first electric vehicle in the United States to provide a battery lease: http://smart.cr/WdfRuu. This would set a precedent for American EVs, addressing the prospective driver’s concern on battery life.
What are your thoughts on the article and the…
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This is one of the first vehicles to be sold over a social network:…Continue
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Check out car2go’s latest television commercial featuring their signature white and blue smart.:
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Have you seen the smart newsletter? Insiders Russell and Tia Glissmann got a shout out for all their hard work organizing the Nationals (http://smart.cr/Vsxap2) event.
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smarties know that the fortwo offers virtually limitless customization options. Check out one Chinese driver’s take on “endlessly customizeable.”Continue
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smarties are social butterflies by nature. From nationwide meet-ups to Record Breaking stunts, smart drivers connect with each other through owner events.
We made an update to the sUSAi event’s section:
Use the information when you’re building your invite and let us know what you’re…Continue
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
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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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