Mercedes is giving up on the not-so-Smart Car, citing “declining micro-car market” in the U.S. and Canada.
U.S. Smart sales in 2018 plunged 58 percent from a year earlier to 1,276 cars.
What’s interesting about this is that Smart became electric-only in 2018.
Yet another example of the lack-of-demand for EVs, even when they are massively subsidized and their manufacture mandated (de facto, via “zero emissions” vehicle production quotas).
Which brings up another interesting thing.
Mercedes is going to bring a series of electric cars to market next year. Beginning with the EQC, a compact electric crossover SUV. It is the first of at least ten new electric Benzes scheduled for deployment.
Apparently, lesson not learned.
Of course, the not-so-Smart Car was hobbled by its two-seater (and not much cargo space) layout, which made it impractical for most people.
But the real problem – with EVs in general – is that they’re functionally and economically gimped relative to IC cars.
“Green” or not they cost too much for most people and so aren’t persuasive on the economic merits.
“Silent,” “quick” and no-oil-changes or not, they still aren’t able to match the driving range of IC cars.
While you can recharge them at home you will still have to wait at least 5-6 times as long as it takes to refuel an IC car.
EV performance – range – is greatly affected by temperature changes as well as the use of necessary accessories such as the heater and AC.
Most people haven’t got the money – or the time – to put up with the expense and inconvenience of EVs… which is obvious but (apparently) unmentionable.
But it needs to be mentioned – for the sake of sanity, if for no other reason.
The EV Emperor has no clothes!
There, I said it.
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