I went to look at a used smart ev a few weeks ago in dallas texas and ended up leaving with a 2014 Fiat500E.
The smart EV would have been great around town and had lots of headroom. It didn't handle as smoothly as the fiat, the battery was at 40% of reserve and they though it was 40% of full so limp mode and mercedes seemed to think when I talked to them that I must continue the battery lease for another 7 years. I was worried about how long the battery had been dead and the possibly extra cost of the battery protection plus plan so that kinda ruled that out.
They had a number of fiat 500Es and all I knew is the CEO hated EVs and didnt' want anyone to buy them. Well the one we got was a 2014 with 15k miles on it at just over $6k. It drove smooth, it fits if I get the seat in the right spot and my wife likes it although instead of a bad weather car for her it is now my car because my work has underground parking so she'll take the old beaten 2004 prius we've had since new.
I read stories online about dealers in CA having issues at the start and many closing down because there was no parts support from FIAT overall not just the E. I called one of my local dealers here in Mckinney Texas and they have a tech who said they are an L2 tech and said they can do the two recalls on it for a minor inverter sensitivity problem and a vent issue. The tech also said there would be no problems with support for other issues if they can get the parts. The main customer service line was helpful and know how to find a tech and even offered towing for the recall if needed due to range issu since it was a recall but I declined because it wasn't.
So overall we bought a cheap fun car. I have had 3 other road going EVs over the years all conversions an 86 S10 Blazer, then an EV VW Rabbit from the 70s and finally an 80's S15 Pickup. All were lead sleds with the better part of a ton of golf cart batteries in them which took constant maintenance and care along with short range and quick replacement. I gave up two when I moved across country, got the pickup and then sold that when my office moved and I found my bicycle was alot easier to make the round trip that the S15 pickup wouldn't have made even with new batteries
We weren't looking for the FIAT but I hope it lasts a while. I didn't give it much thought as I have been running leaf batteries in my hustler zero turn electric mower for a season and they work so much better then the lead acid batteries so that gave me a little more confidence. Hustler discontinued that mower and it has virtually no support even back when I got it on consignment as the original owner wrecked one set of batteries and the dealer wrecked another in under 20 hours of running it. Now with the leaf batteries I mow and usually park it then charge it only when needed much like i'm treating the fiat. I don't want to keep either fully charged when I don't need it. I haven't gotten into the bottom 20% with either yet just keep it in the middle.