http://insideevs.com/new-smart-electric-price-16300/New Smart ED Starts At $16,300 in U.S., After Fed Incentive
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/111 ... from-245502017 Smart ForTwo electric cars priced from $24,550
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... smart.html2017 smart fortwo electric drive offers more for less; starting MSRP $23,800 in US
http://www.autoblog.com/2017/05/22/2017 ... ax-credit/2017 Smart ForTwo ED is cheaper than its smaller, slower charging predecessor
http://insideevs.com/smart-electric-sal ... st-decide/With Electric Vehicle Only Approach Looming, Some Smart Dealers Might End Sales
. . . Mercedes-Benz Dealer Board chairman and owner of two smart dealerships in Texas shared (via Automotive News):
“Electric smart vehicles make sense in certain markets, but don’t make as much sense in other markets. So it might make some sense for some dealers to become service-only dealers.”
EVs don’t sell in Texas like they do in California. Schnitzer continued:
“Drive times and range can make a big difference — it’s not like being in downtown San Francisco. . . .”
Winkler [GRA: Annette Winkler, smart’s global boss] and [GRA: Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar] Exler expect dealers in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Portland to stick with the microcar brand.
http://insideevs.com/electric-smart-los ... n-dealers/In Electric Shift, Smart Will Lose 2/3rds Of Its U.S. Dealers
. . . According to Automotive News, 58 of Smart’s 85 U.S. dealerships will no longer sell the little city car, but they will continue to offer repair services for vehicles already on the road.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the 27 Smart dealerships that will keep selling the EV are in states that have signed on to CARB’s zero-emission mandate or cities like New York and Miami that have a green, EV-friendly population ready to zip through the crowded streets in a zero-emission two-seater. . . .
http://insideevs.com/2017-smart-ed-loses-range/2017 Smart ED Loses 10 Miles Of Range Compared To Outgoing Model – 58 Miles
Remember the whole 68 miles of electric range that the last generation Smart Fortwo ED got, according to the EPA? Well, say goodbye to ten of those miles, because the 2017 Smart Fortwo ED was just rated at 58 miles.
Unsurprisingly, Smart did not put out a press release about this decrease and the official Twitter feed is silent on the matter, and we learned about it from a reader comment on yesterday’s post about two-thirds of the Smart dealers in the U.S. closing or becoming service-only in the wake of the brand’s shift away from gas models and focusing on electric models only. . . .
The lithium-ion battery capacity has remained the same between the two versions, at 17.6-kWh, so it is likely weight and/or aero related. We’ve asked Daimler representatives about the reasons for this drop, but have not yet heard back. A year ago, there was talk that the new Smart Fortwo ED would get up to 85 miles of range and company materials even said 80 miles was expected, so something either changed or Daimler severely underestimated the impact of the “updates” it was making to the style and powertrain.
The last piece of the puzzle is a glimpse into the expanded fuel economy figures from the EPA website. There, we can see that the 2017 Smart Fortwo ED will have a city range of 63 miles and a highway rating of 51 miles. The interesting bit is the line below, where is says that the “combined range voluntarily lowered from 69 miles.” What this means, exactly, is something we hope the company will address when it responds to our questions. . . .
redLEAF wrote:We’re taking another look at the latest Smart Fortwo (available now ONLY as an EV in the US from here on out) as the lease rates are so low at $139/mo that it may replace my wife’s ‘14 smart cabrio. If we end up with one we’ll be sure to post it here - she has a quite short work commute (7 mile round trip) so a local commuter EV at this price point could make a lot of sense. Anyone else opt for a 2nd gen smart ED (of course the latest has dropped the ED moniker and have a simple ‘electric drive’ script on the front and no plug outline on the Tridion frame anymore but I digress). Smart cars aren’t for everyone but do still fit a niche - this would be our 3rd and could actually be the best one, we’ll see ...
GRA wrote:redLEAF wrote:We’re taking another look at the latest Smart Fortwo (available now ONLY as an EV in the US from here on out) as the lease rates are so low at $139/mo that it may replace my wife’s ‘14 smart cabrio. If we end up with one we’ll be sure to post it here - she has a quite short work commute (7 mile round trip) so a local commuter EV at this price point could make a lot of sense. Anyone else opt for a 2nd gen smart ED (of course the latest has dropped the ED moniker and have a simple ‘electric drive’ script on the front and no plug outline on the Tridion frame anymore but I digress). Smart cars aren’t for everyone but do still fit a niche - this would be our 3rd and could actually be the best one, we’ll see ...
IDK what the route, traffic and general safety conditions are like on your wife's commute, but 7 miles RT is ideal for a bike commute. Granted, it's not great in winter in your area, but there are e-trikes with enclosed cockpits. Not thinking a bike or pedelec is a likely choice for her, but thought I'd throw it out there just in case it hadn't occurred to either of you. Most people have become so trained to think that personal commute vehicle = car that other options never occur to them. I do remember the woman here a long while back who announced she'd just gotten a LEAF for her one mile (2 RT) commute, and I've always wondered if she fell into that category.