Quick follow up as we've had the smart ED for 2+ months; now this is the car that smart should have introduced back in '08 (of course this tech wasn't yet available)! Much more compliant / smoother ride (of course it isn't perfect with such a short wheelbase); single speed trans/drive unit so instant torque without annoying 'lurching' shifts (we almost always used the manual shift side) which really helps in slow stop and go traffic. More room for passengers and generally improved materials and redesigned interior. I no longer dread taking it to work to give it a few miles. I guess the most surprising thing is how much faster it can sprint in the suburban traffic it typically encounters but then again we all now how much EV's compare to their ICE counterparts.
The wife who is the main driver is quite happy with it but then again she loved the first two smarts anyway even with all their quirks. I'm curious what the future of smart will be once the lease is up. We'll also see how well this does in the winter months but as the EV battery does have a thermal management system (versus just air-cooled) it should be fine -- have seen an indicated range of 110 miles at times but realistically on a moderate temp day can get about 90 miles before the 20% 'reserve battery' warning comes up. Using AC of course does reduce range but its pretty efficient and can definitely keep the cabin cool -- it will vary a bit on its impact on overall range but as we both have commutes that always start at 100% charge not an issue.
Wish list -- MBZ/smart needs to release an updated smart EV phone app; similar to the LEAF they started down the 2G path but never replaced it -- have heard that European smarts have something that they can use but not available in the US; my local MBZ/smart center tech didn't know when or if they plan on one so will have to live w/o it. The car does actually cool or warm up quickly so don't really miss the ability to pre-temp the cabin but would be nice; as well just a double check on range on really hot or cool days.
We picked up some Weathertech mats for it to be ready for winter; with such a low-volume car we were happy that they actually still make them!
Will be curious to see what MBZ does as they introduce more vehicles to their new 'EQ' line (including renaming the smart) ... perhaps our next one will look like this and simply drop us off to work !
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