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the all-new smart electric drive

It's Fun. It's New. It's Electric. It's a Car.

They're not quite up for sale yet, but that's okay. Because in the meantime, you can partake in a little thing called the funtestdrive. See, smart is coming straight to Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, D.C., Hoboken, Brooklyn and Chicago to give you a first-look preview. You'll have the chance to get behind the wheel, drive around a bit, and see some sights. Not your typical test-drive stuff. Not your typical car.

Go for a funtestdrive and you're entered for the chance to win a smart electric two-year lease!* And plug-in with ChargePoint, the official funtestdrive charge on-the-go partner. Check out the tour schedule from April 19 to July 7.

http://www.smartusa.com/...
power up. smile on.

Looking for a little more spark, a little more spunk, a little more fun in your life? We’ve got just the thing. Meet the strikingly handsome (in our humble opinion), all-new smart electric drive. With its zippy torque and 122 city MPGe, consider the driving bar officially raised. And with the lowest price tag on the market, you can be sure we’re keeping fun affordable.

http://smartcarfundrive.com/...

funtestdrive tour
the all-new smart electric drive testdrive is about as close as we'll get to being a rock star — we've got tour dates and a schedule! if that doesn't say rock legend, what does? how about 122 city MPGe? or a zippy, tight-turning thrill ride? come out for a testdrive at any of the dates to the right.
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  •  Electric can O spam on wheels . (6+ / 0-)

    Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

    by indycam on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:30:48 AM PDT

  •  68 miles range might cover my commute (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    but not any side trips.  So it would strictly be back and forth to work.  Even on weekends it might not be practical.  I am one who needs more range, so I'll need a second car anyway.

    That, and Colorado is just a large state.  I'll stick with my hybrid.

    •  How far from home to work ? (1+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim
      I am one who needs more range,
      How much more ?

      Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

      by indycam on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 02:11:20 PM PDT

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      •  My average is about 32 miles each way. (0+ / 0-)

        It can vary a little due to how I drive - I hate taking the exact same route every day, but that's about the average.  Sometimes, in poor weather, I take a different route so I can have more options (longer, but not the highway so I can change the route if traffic is stuck in snow).

        I've been averaging about 20k/year on my hybrid.

        Public transport, btw, per the website, would take me about 2 1/2 - 3 hours each way, if I make every connection.

        •  You can make it to work and plug it in (0+ / 0-)

          letting it charge for 8 hours ?
          When you get to work the battery will not be drained , it will be at aprox 1/2 , so the recharge at work only has to do half a battery charge .

          Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

          by indycam on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 02:24:20 PM PDT

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          •  Work is a campus with buildings surrounded (0+ / 0-)

            by acres of parking lots.  There are no accessible plugs in the parking lot.  

            A Volt user tried parking close to the building (which had the nearest row composed of handicapped-accessible spaces) and they ran about a 50 foot power cord across the sidewalk (tripping hazard) and then up to the building.  I don't think they had to prop open the security door, but they plugged in their 220V plug to the side of the building, IIRC.  They got into trouble by parking in the handicapped space (they weren't handicapped) and creating a tripping hazard.  They haven't tried it again.

            It isn't just that we're not supposed to use power plugs - they aren't available that I know of in the parking lot area.  There would need to be changes to the infrastructure to add power outlets to the parking lot and then there would either be free power given to whoever plugged in to the poles or there would have to be some fee charged for access.  My employer wouldn't give away power for free, nor would the company pay for retrofitting the light poles.

            •  I could say its not a range problem (0+ / 0-)

              the problem is your place of work , when they change so that they don't cause a problem , the range will be fine .

              Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

              by indycam on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 04:21:46 PM PDT

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              •  So my place of work needs to change. (0+ / 0-)

                Yeah, that's not going to happen just so they can spend money to then give away electric power. I'm hoping they don't do a layoff and get rid of some of us.  I can see asking them to spend money on employees when the company isn't doing so well is really not going to go over well.  So no, I'm not going to risk being laid off just to spend several thousands of dollars paying for a new car when my current bought-and-paid-for car whose environmental impact (through the mining of metals and the formation of plastics, etc) has mostly been accounted for.

                Reduce, reuse, recycle.  I'm going to reduce the need for more cars by not prematurely getting rid of my current car.

                •  I didn't say they need to give away anything . (0+ / 0-)

                  We are talking about range .

                  So no, I'm not going to risk being laid off just to spend several thousands of dollars paying for a new car when my current bought-and-paid-for car whose environmental impact (through the mining of metals and the formation of plastics, etc) has mostly been accounted for.
                  You came into this diary saying the range wasn't good enough , now you are acting like I said you should dump your old car and buy another . Nothing could be farther from the truth .
                  Reduce, reuse, recycle.  I'm going to reduce the need for more cars by not prematurely getting rid of my current car.
                  Do you think I was saying that your old car should be crushed , melted down , etc etc etc ?

                  The car you said didn't have the needed range ,
                  does in fact have the needed range .
                  The problem is that the place you work doesn't have a place for you to plug in . That's not the cars fault .
                  Another person who commutes the same distance as you do , who works at a place that has a place to plug in , will find that the range of the car is just fine .

                  Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

                  by indycam on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:46:03 AM PDT

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                  •  Yes, we are talking about range. (0+ / 0-)

                    My first comment was that the range wouldn't work FOR ME.  It was about my commute, how it wouldn't fit my needs.  Then you started asking about my commute and when I said that plugging in wasn't an option, you started saying my employer needed to change their ways to allow for plugging in.  I was pointing out how that wasn't going to happen and that I'd rather stick with a lower impact choice of my hybrid than going out and buying a new car, which is what your diary seemed to be encouraging.

                    This car would not be a workable solution or even a good solution for me.  That's where I started from and that's what I've returned to.  I will not be considering something like it unless the plug-in has a better range, where I don't have to choose between it and my job.  I think the Leaf has a longer range, but I'm going to wait until my car can't drive anymore before I consider another one.

                    •  And once agian (0+ / 0-)

                      the range of the car is fine , the problem is your place of work is having a problem . The range is fine and dandy and would cover the needed commute with ease .

                      you started saying my employer needed to change their ways to allow for plugging in
                      vs
                      the problem is your place of work , when they change so that they don't cause a problem , the range will be fine .
                      You change words and meaning . You read things that are not said and respond to the things you hear in your head . Not my problem .

                      Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

                      by indycam on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 12:32:42 PM PDT

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  •  I want a Fiat 500e (1+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl

    And I'll enter sweepstakes for a free one if they decide to have one. I entered the contest/sweepstakes for their Abarth last year. They were quite clever and fun to do.

    Didn't win, though. In the meantime, I'll just do without. Maybe I can enter the Smart sweepstakes without having to drive an hour and a half to the nearest ChargePoint!

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:26:18 AM PDT

  •  For you EV folks with charging stations... (1+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl

    There's a tax credit available for an EV charging station, even at home.  HR Block didn't help me find it, but IRS form 8911 covers it.   Covers 30% of the cost.  A bit of a pain to make the tax software happy, but I got there eventually.
    Got me into refund territory.  Woo Hoo!  
    Sorry to be late, but I just found it myself.

    •  ... (0+ / 0-)
      In the News
      Important EV Equipment Tax Credit

      Did you install ChargePoint EV charging stations in 2012 or have plans to install them in 2013? We have some great news. The recent fiscal cliff deal that Congress passed included a broad set of tax extenders for all electric vehicle charging stations and installations.

      The Section 30C credit* for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property includes a credit of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of a charging station for personal use. Additionally, Section 30C includes a 30 percent credit, capped at $30,000 for business/investment use per site. So spread the word and pass on the savings.

      Please visit:

      US CODE: http://www.law.cornell.edu/...

      And download 2011 IRS FORM:
      http://www.irs.gov/...

      *This credit is not available to cities, schools, or other non-taxpayers.

      Please note: Team ChargePoint are not tax experts. Please consult with your own tax advisor to determine your eligibility.

       

      Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

      by indycam on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:22:49 PM PDT

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  •  nextgen EV's need 150+mile range (1+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont

    To be practical and avoid "Range Anxiety".  

    --United Citizens defeated Citizens United...This time. --

    by chipoliwog on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:42:18 PM PDT

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