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Lease for $2500 down, $599 a month? You've got to be kidding?

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Why lease, when I can buy an EV?

>Lease for $2500 down, $599 a month? You've got to be kidding?

EVDL readers should not be surprised that Smart EVs are lease-only or
at the ~$600mo lease rate, I posted that at the end of Sept 2010
http://evdl.org/archive/#nabble-tt2588806|a2718305
and again just over two weeks ago
http://evdl.org/archive/#nabble-td3242780

Smart has always played it timid. The fact that we in the U.S. can
even lease a Smart EV is amazing to me.

Way-back-machine:
Back around the beginning of 1990's when the Internet was developing
and newswire subscription was just not made available to the public
like today, I was physically flat-bed scanning and OCR 'ing automotive
magazine pages to glean the text for posting on the evdl (sorry, all
records of my earlier work seemed to have gone into the bit-bucket
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_bucket ).

Even way-back then Smart was timid about everything. Almost all
plans to produce any version of Smart (EV or not) was put on hold for
a long time because at the time the Smart did not pass the Moose-Test
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose_test
(a swerve test, i.e: to miss hitting a moose).

After all tests past, Smart did not sell or lease a vehicle until much
later. Even then it was only the fuel version in very small quantities
to the Euro market only. The Euro press chewed the Smart up bad,
but the vehicle was so well designed and received it gained in
public standing. The Euro press never admitted they were wrong, but
did back off beating up the Smart. Note: Smart on U.S roads was an
ICE long before the EV version was offered (albeit for lease-only).

Perspectives were different then:
http://articles.latimes.com/1998/dec/04/business/fi-50479/2
In the 1990s, while the negative-press was bought and paid for, the
public was starving for an EV. The GM EV1 (gen1 PbSO4) came out for
lease at $599 a month. Adjusting for inflation
http://www.halfhill.com/inflation.html
1996 to 2011, ~$600/mo inflates to ~$860 in today's money and people
were still signing up to lease the (gen1 PbSO4) two seater with only a
funky 50- mile agm pack (later, the EV1 gen2 had a 100+mi NiMH pack).

Interestingly, the Smart ED pack has about the same kWh capacity as
the GM EV1 (gen1 PbSO4) pack had
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_EV1#Battery

There is March 09, 2010 Smart ED detail from that source at
http://www.plugincars.com/smart-ed/review

Unfortunately, I do not see the complete info I look for. I try to
post range, top-speed (ts), acceleration (0-60:#s), and the charging
ability when possible. But sadly the charging capability is rarely
made available in newswires (which is another reason I dig through so
many).

Rant on ...
Yes, I am a charging nut, but it does not make sense to have a nice
highway speed EV with a cool 100+mi range and then be stuck with a
lame charger. I really like the Leaf but a half-powered 3.3kW on-board
charger, (as you said) you have got to be kidding.
Rant off ...


So, if you L-o-v-e the Smart, just being able to lease one is great
news. But for me, why lease when I can buy an EV?


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