redLEAF wrote:many who have driven this new '13 version against the current gas version think that the electric drive greatly improves the original mission of the smart so we'll see hopefully for ourselves soon enough.
It does improve greatly over the previous iteration, but it's still not THAT great - 0-60 still takes over 11 seconds.
the original mission of these was as an urban commuter and even in its current form, it does that quite well (if a 24 year old kid thinks its OK at least a few others would as well; will add a link to another long time forum on these); my wife's current commute is only 7 miles R/T where it would never get to 60 MPH (the son who drives ours now will be getting his own car when he turns 25 next June -- the smart would revert back to my wife and we know we also should still have enough garage room unless the son goes much bigger than an older Miata which will make room for his new car --- kind of a long story but not much else that will still fit as it sits on the shorter side of our tandem 4-car garage --- possibly a Scion iQ EV (not coming to Chicago) or a Fiat 500e -- again probably not here as well as a Th!nk would have but discontinued).
Our '08 has close to 40K miles now, has had no major issues at all, pretty much just regular maintenance and it has several creature comfort things not found on 'micro' cars -- heated leather seats, auto headlights/wipers/climate, pano roof w/screen similar to the new C-Max and it of course can park pretty much anywhere being so short. Ours has actually now made 3 long distance trips from Chicago to the Michigan U.P. (2 with the son and once myself -- all to visit Mich Tech or his friends going to grad school up there) but the electric one wouldn't need to (or obviously couldn't anyway). On smooth suburban roads or expressways, the car rides fine just watch out for rough roads or pot holes -- it's not one of my favorites but the wife still loves it so why not go electric if it was available? I look at it as more 'carbon credits' for the SUV I bought to replace our '09 VW Routan as there was really nothing out there in the market that was close as a PHEV now.
Still no set date on when these will be here in Chicago but some have said that Phoenix may see some in February so would be interested in how these would fair in the heat -- not a concern for us but hopefully MBZ has taken this into consideration after what's happened to some LEAF owners out there. Here is another link on that ... our Schneider EVlink can take the 16-amp load so should get the shorter charge from empty time.
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/10/2013 ... ve-review/
"Ninety-three lithium ion battery cells, created by Daimler partner Li-Tec, are laid flat under the floor with particular automotive requirements in mind. The primary benefit of the new design is that the electric powertrain can function well anywhere between -50°F and 176°F. The possible range from a full charge of the 17.6-kilowatt hour pack is 90 miles, and a full recharge, which never happens to a typical owner or lessee, would need seven hours from a 13-amp 220-volt plug or six hours from a 16-amp plug. There is no DC quick charge option. Alas."