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  1. My new Smart ED doesn't seem to have any cold battery warning. We ran it in -22C after 10 hours cold soaked a few days ago, no power drop. Although, the defrost is nowhere near as good as the previous generation Smart ED, at least the new car has heated steering wheel.
  2. I was given a VVC code, the same type of code provided when I got my 2013 Smart ED. However, the code does not allow use of the old app with the new car. The new app (just a website actually) does not work, it's a demo... VERY frustrated with Daimler, once again they produce all sorts of #fail when Tesla get's these things perfect. I will be sadly leaving my Smart ED in the driveway when my Model 3 is available for delivery next year. Not being able to pre-condition the cabin is super frustrating on a -22C day like today.
  3. The range of the new Smart ED is better than the old Smart ED, that is for certain, confirmed both 15C and -15C weather. Not by much, but better for sure. However, last night in -22C the new Smart ED could not fully defrost the windshield. The old Smart ED was also not great in -20C weather, but I recall it being more effective at defrosting.
  4. Car size matters less in the city where the average speed is 40 km/h for my commute, both cars have good energy recuperation on braking, the Tesla is a bit stronger which I prefer. As for heating/cooling, the Tesla certainly can use more, but the heated seats in both cars usually mean I don't need to run a loud fan to heat the cabin. I generally pre-condition the Tesla at my desk before going out to the parking lot, so that's a big benefit over the Smart in the winter for sure. The Smart has a small cabin, so it heats up very quickly. The Smart ED uses 3kW on average during the coldest days to heat the cabin, the Tesla can peak at 6kW, but once the cabin is up to temperature, and the heated seats are maxed out, the heaters pretty much stop and I "coast" home using only the motor energy. I personally feel the Smart ED is less well engineered than the Tesla, by a massive margin, I commented to my wife tonight just how much stuff Tesla got right that Mercedes with all their years haven't. Simple stuff like an app that can pre-heat the car without being plugged in. Really sad indictment on how little innovation there is at Mercedes. Even BMW got that right in the i3, good app support is a basic thing. Ford is also lagging, their app routinely doesn't work for Focus EV customers, I see that reported on the forums.
  5. I have both a 2013 Tesla and had a 2013 Smart ED, now upgraded to 2017 Smart ED. The Tesla is equally as efficient for my 40 km round trip city commute. The new Smart ED is more efficient than the old Smart ED, by 15% less energy use on the highway, but similar in city. New Smart ED has heated steering wheel, big benefit over my older EV's.
  6. My new 2017 Smart ED is substantially slower in acceleration feel compared to my 2013 Smart ED. Smart did the wrong thing, they sapped the thrust, but I'm OK with it for now, as I will be getting my Model 3 in a years time, and that will cure my itch for performance.
  7. Got my fleetcarma device for my new 2017 Smart ED, will post update in a months time.
  8. The "brat" sound I hear on light regenerative braking I am referring to does not produce any physical vibration like the ABS self check. I'll have to record it with a USB microphone attached to my laptop using USB extension cord and duct tape of the car window I guess...too faint to record in cabin, only human ears can detect it.
  9. Glad this worked out. My new 2017 Smart ED has an interesting sound that is emitted when the car is doing a small amount of regeneration. All full regen, no sound, but when I just gently get off the accelerator, there is a noticeable (but not annoying) "brat brat brat" repeating sound, about 4 "brats" per second. Meant to record it, but my phone can't resolve the sound, so it's not overly loud or objectionable. Neither my previous 2013 Smart ED nor my wife's Tesla make such a sound.
  10. 3% after commute drive home, kick ass car, loved my old 2013 Smart ED. My new 2018 Smart ED isn't nearly as aggressive in terms of acceleration or driving dynamics, just a far better car, and hard to get it completely unhinged, whereas the old Smart was easy to get "over the edge" with it's smaller tires and narrow wheel base. I really drove hard today in my new Smart ED, heavily into the anti-lock multiple times, throwing it around from lane to lane, no drama, it's finally a real car.
  11. You sound so authoritative, but the tail lamps are claimed to be LED on Smart website. Please advise on how you know different? https://www.smart.com/en/en/index/smart-fortwo-forfour-453/packages.html
  12. That's the link, this web-app should work, but my dealer didn't have any documentation in their training system for it, there were other 453 documents, but nothing for apps. I've got him looking into it, as I haven't yet filled out the survey they sent for the purchase, and I advised him that a perfect 10 would include getting the app to work. He he. :-)
  13. I purchased the LED lighting option with the auto-high beams for our new 2017 Smart ED. Intend to test it out tonight and report back.
  14. I'm waiting for the dealer to get back to me on the required steps to enable the app. So far, this wasn't listed in their training, and their internal information site (I looked over his shoulder) had no details on the new 453 app, even if it had the details for the 2013-6 ED's.