Re: Smart car Electric
One of the problems we face in the US is that the infrastructure is not as friendly to small cars. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that, because it's friendly to really large cars, smaller cars tend to be surrounded by giants. That makes me a little nervous about a really tiny car like the Smart ForTwo.
Having said that, I'd still seriously consider a Smart for my next car, electric or otherwise. It's quite safe for its size, and I'm somewhat fond of the size and look. I saw a couple of them parked "nose in" and sharing a single parallel parking space in downtown Taipei once. I could probably drive one in a circle inside my two-car garage, and I could park at least 6 of them in there.
The Smart took a while to get into the US, but it's been around a while. It has everything I need for 90% of my driving needs. Seats, freeway speeds, climate control, radio, reasonable comfort. I wish they hadn't discontinued the Smart Roadster - that was a neat car. Of course, you could probably drive one under a Hummer H1 without touching.
Now that I think about it... If I had more confidence in my continued steady employment and the economy in general, I could justify financing a Smart right now based on what I could save in fuel costs. For the time being, I'll just work toward my own EV conversion.