Monday, January 28, 2008

Got the EMAIL!

I finally got the email that stated that my Smart Car is on the way over! Smart is setting up dealerships here in the US and after they have their network set up they should be contacting me in the next 90 days! Yahoo! I can't wait to pick it up, and with it not coming until around May, that should give plenty of time for the snow to melt here in Roch-cha-cha!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Love me some NPR

NPR is something that I have started listening to on my morning drive in instead of some of the other morning shows that drive me crazy with the promos. Anyway NPR did a piece on Smart Cars coming to the US. For the most part the bit was very favorable but Andrew Bragman raised the issue that gas would have to rise to 5-6 dollars a gallon to really have this car take off, but seeing in this piece that already 30000 cars have been pre-ordered, I think the design and hot factor will really make this car take off. There is nothing like it in the US right now and as soon as people see it they start talking to all of their friends about what they saw. Can't wait til they are talking about mine!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Smart Bashing

This article about Smart Cars ran in Nov 07 from CNN starts out interesting enough, but then goes into questioning the safety of the vehicle. The thing that kills me is that the argument is that there are other large cars on the road so we should be cautious to purchase smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. If this train of thought continues we'll never change the emissions...everyone will always be scared to take the step towards a change. I think there should be more support for vehicles like this and more disdain for the larger gas guzzlers. (ok, now I will get off my green horse)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Questions about safety

One of the biggest questions I get when people hear that I am getting a Smart Car is.."Aren't you afraid that a semi truck will squish you on the road?". Honestly no. Not to be one of those "hey if its my time.." type of people, but honestly, an accident is never pleasant and with Mercedes backing this car I have a little more confidence that the engineering is there. Plus, if a semi wants to crush you on the road it doesn't matter if you are on a bike or in an SUV the physics will always favor the semi. I think the only thing you could feel truly safe in would be a tank. Anyway Smart has some of their safety specs online, but I think the best example is this video.