August 12th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
From overpriced to price war, electric car costs are plummeting on an almost monthly basis it seems. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive fired the first shots with a MSRP under $25,000 before tax credits, and now they’ve gone and done it again, chopping the lease price down from $199 a month to just $139 a month
June 25th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Battery leasing for electric cars is all the rage in Europe, shaving thousands of dollars off of the asking price in exchange for a small monthly lease payment. Smart has deployed this strategy in the U.S. market, and almost 90% of ForTwo Electric Drive buyers opted to lease the battery for $5,000 off the asking price
June 13th, 2013 | by Andrew Meggison
The nice thing about new technology is that, eventually, it drops in price. A flatscreen HDTV used to cost thousands, now there is one in most homes in America. Laptops once cost as much as a compact car; now you can get one for a week's worth of minimum wage work. The same thing seems to be happening to electric and hybrid cars. The Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt are expecting significant price cuts in the near future, and cars like the Nissan Leaf and Smart ForTwo Electric Drive have already shaved thousands from their
April 16th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown
Smart USA will start allowing their American customers the option to lease Smart ForTwo Electric Drive batteries so they don't have to pay the full initial $25,750 cost of the car. This will make the already-affordable Smart EV downright cheap. A cheap EV? What a novel idea!
March 27th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will boast a driving range that exceeds that of most of its competitors by a substantial amount, as well as that premium Mercedes feel
December 14th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
There is something inherently geeky about electric cars, and as a geek, I can’t help but appreciate the similarities between EVs and video games. Apparently I’m not the only one. At the recent Bologna Auto Show, two Smart ForTwo Electric Drive EVs were linked to a soccer simulator. Simple, but effective, and perhaps in the future an even more viable marketing tool
December 13th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
New tactics in production efficiency aren’t just cutting emissions; they’re cutting costs. Mercedes-owned Smart is currently ramping up production of its Smart ForTwo Electric Drive EV, and the company has given the press a sneak peek at one of Europe’s greenest factories, affectionately-dubbed “Smartville.”
November 29th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick
Smart announced two new cars today- their full electric and their electric Smart for Jeremy concept, which was launched last night at a fabulous party we weren't invited to. The Fiat 500 has become the classic fashionista car overnight, popping up in every parking lot in the garment district here in LA. Their ad campaign for the Abarth proved sex does indeed sell. So what's the smaller, more efficient, and thoroughly practical Smart supposed to do to compete?
October 18th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
A couple of years ago when Toyota announced it was working on an all-electric version of its iQ microcar, EV enthusiasts were excited. But last month Toyota backtracked, saying it would launch just a small fleet of the tiny iQ EV. The Japanese automaker has now released details on where those few EVs are going, and it is mostly to college campuses and car-sharing services
October 4th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
Smart has big plans to increase car sales in the U.S., and it begins with offering the cheapest electric car on the market, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, which will start at $25,000 before the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. That means you could get behind the wheel of an EV for less than $18,000!
September 19th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
It is an open secret that Daimler-owned small car brand Smart is suffering from slow sales, especially here in America. With an influx of high-quality compact cars in the same price range as the Smart, consumers are avoiding the diminutive brand in favor of more mainstream car makers.
But Daimler has a plan to lure customers back, and it centers on offering the cheapest electric car on the market. But will that be enough
September 17th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
The Smart car brand has not seen a lot of sales success in the U.S. for a multitude of reasons not worth rehashing. But the latest concepts to come from the small car brand could change attitudes...if it is actually built. The Smart ForStars not only looks good, but utilizes an all-electric drivetrain from famed Mercedes tuner BRABUS.