I'm surprised that the smart dealer had one not spoken for ... they are only leasing 250 nationwide at $599/mo for 48 months and had heard that the majority were already spoken for (primarily fleet purchases); none to be found between two Chicago area smart dealer's but looks like Milwaukee has them (probably just one). I guess you have to look at this as similar to the MINI E (which ran $850/mo and carried only two people as well due to the batteries taking up the back seats) which was a 'test' for only 450 customers in 3 states (CA, NY and NJ); no defending it but at least it's available now in the U.S. (smart did another test in the UK). Some pundits of the smart say it was always designed to be an EV but took this long to get the tech to work -- if they can get the price down closer to the ICE version I'm sure they would sell, how many is anyone's guess --- of course the smart doesn't have the same popularity of a MINI but looking at the basic cost of entry, $850 versus $599 is a pretty big difference! Will be interesting to see the blog's on the smart ED once more people actually get one -- we'll see if they are as passionate at the MINI E pioneers have been ...
CORRECTION -- the MINI E did start out at $850/mo but later was reduced to $600/mo; I think it was after a year into the program -- the next one I hear will be a BMW 1-series covered elsewhere on this forum.
2018 smart ED Brabus (leased)
Sapphire Blue Metallic
2017 Tesla Model 3 LR RWD; FSD; 19" sport wheels
2015 VW e-Golf LE (traded-in for Model 3)
2012 Nissan LEAF SL (traded-in at 5 yrs; 46K miles)
EVSE: 10/07/11 Schneider EVlink