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 reaching an outlet shouldn’t be difficult.

  Any commercial 240V charge station (i.e. chargepoint) can be used as the smart has a standard SAE 1772 charge plug connector.  There is also a rapid 240-volt charging solution that we will offer through SPX. That information can now be found here: www.pluginnow.com/go/smart 

  I have to admit, even working for Daimler, I was skeptical about the purpose and promise of an electric drive car of any kind. I am finding this car to be a stellar product and a real blast to drive. This drive-train really seems to be a perfect fit for the smart. 




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Comment by Larry Butler on February 23, 2013 at 2:14pm

I have several questions related to the battery pack and state of charge....

1 - I drive to work and discharge the battery 45%.  In Summer, the half-discharged batter sits in the sun on a 140F hot parking lot for 8 hours before I drive it home to charge.  In Winter, the parking lot is from -10F to 40F all day.  How long will it take sitting there half charged in these extreme conditions to destroy the battery pack?  Please don't try and tell me it makes no difference.  It does.

2 - What is the dealer retail price for a new battery pack after it is destroyed and the warranty is over?  What does the parts price book actually say?  My dealer, Baker Motor Company, Charleston, SC, charged me $1086 to replace the little plastic fuel pump.  I can only imagine what they will want for a new battery pack, probably more than the car costs.  Be honest, how much will it cost for just the part.  We'll plan on $2500 for the labor at $155/hr.  Battery replacement must be deducted from the wholesale value of this car at trade or sell time, probably rendering the little car worthless.

My old fuel pump wasn't bad, by the way.  The crack $155/hr technicians couldn't find the shorted wire that kept blowing the fuel pump fuse, leaving me stranded.  Selling me a fuel pump was more profitable.  My old pump still powers the car after I INSISTED on replacing it.  I didn't get full credit for their incompetence, by the way.

Comment by Mindy Kimball on December 26, 2012 at 2:14am

Eric,  Just wanted to let you know... when you say "rapid charger" for the 240V, this may confuse some people already familiar with other electric vehicle infrastructure.  The "quick charge" is the 440V (the one that could charge the battery up to 80% in 20-30 minutes).  The 110V is called "level 1", the 240V is called "level 2" and the 440V is called "level 3" (which most people refer to as "quick charge").

I would love it if eventually the smart electric drive was capable of charging with level 3 (440V).  Then, with the right infrastructure, you could do some longer trips with ease!  It's harder on the battery, but if you are only doing the quick charge every once in a while, it is a nice option to have.

Comment by Wallace Rumbarger on December 24, 2012 at 2:52pm

I have had an ICE (internal combustion engine) smart cabrio since Jan 2008.  I love riding with the top down, but rarely remove the side rails (personal preference)  I found early on, that if I park in a lot with the top down and side rails out, folks would just "help themselves" and have a seat (and set off the alarm).  SO, whenever I park, I put the top up.  I usually only take out the rails for car shows, so I wouldn't have any issue using the rear gate storage for the 110v charger.  What I really want to see is the BRABUS ELECTRIC available in the US?  I would write a check for that in a heartbeat!

 

Comment by Eric Angeloro - smart USA on December 21, 2012 at 10:55am

@jwight - It seems the cabrio will not have the same storage solution for the 110 charger as the coupe does/will.  Storage of roof rails will still be possible.

@Allin - The 240 - volt wall box is the rapid charger and in both the 110-volt and 240-volt charing scenarios, the plug that goes into the smart is a special pin configuration. You can find more answers here: http://www.pluginnow.com/smart-charging-faq

Comment by Mindy Kimball on December 19, 2012 at 9:39pm

Nice to see they are going back to the "spiral" coil.  The charger that came with my generation 2 was just a straight cord that wrapped around the large black "box".  When you wrapped it up, it was too bulky to fit in the tailgate compartment.  So, my charger always clutters behind the seats, and gets in the way when I need to move the seat back.  Definitely hope they keep the "telephone coil" style.

For the record... I've driven my smart electric drive for almost 2 years... over 17,000 miles of commuting... and I have only used this 110V charger/adapter 2 or 3 times.  That's because I got a 240Volt charger installed in my driveway (by SPX).  They were great, and my landlord was very willing to let me install it (I just paid installation costs, which was a little over $100... more if you have to run conduit out to a driveway, though...).

Comment by Eric Angeloro - smart USA on December 18, 2012 at 9:43am

Good question John. It will be available as a cabrio, but I don't have information yet as to where the charger and the roof rails can be stored. Let me do some more digging.

Comment by jwight on December 17, 2012 at 4:18pm

Just thought about this - will the electric drive be available as a Cabrio?  If so, where do you put the roof rails...?

Comment by spicejax on December 17, 2012 at 4:09pm

Now when you stop a at gas station (for Coffee) you can answer "Yes!" When someone asks if it's Electric. 

MJB

Comment by Jim and Ann Brown on December 17, 2012 at 7:58am

It is getting harder to resist!

Jim

Comment by jwight on December 16, 2012 at 6:06pm

Thanks for the update!

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