45 Years ago I'd think nothing of removing and rebuilding engines, gearboxes and diffs. Now I'm an old git without the eyesight, dexterity or flexibility to do much on a car beyond simple tasks.
It's sad that MB has come to this, but I suppose that they've got much bigger problems to deal with. Our Smart cost just a bit over $28K in 2013, and at the time it was an excellent live-by-example thing for my high school students to see in the school's parking lot ... and it was fun to drive as well. Knowing that this investment went to zero in 5 years because of an engineering choice that went without remediation by the manufacturer isn't something that would recommend this company to anyone, and if my students were to learn of how this turned out, I'd feel even worse.
We drive a Highlander Hybrid, and even though this vehicle has way more gadgets, gizmos, and applied technology than the Smart, Toyota takes care of everything the first time. And with a smile. And even our small town independent auto shop has everything necessary to work on this vehicle as well. Perhaps this is true of "real" MB vehicles too, but I'm unlikely to ever give them another opportunity. It's just too bad that they've missed this opportunity to "make things better."
The ranges you quote are not that remarkable - such ranges are already available in a number of cars on the market (Tesla, GM, Hyundai, Renault.).I invested in this company with stock EMPM, as they are coming to america thru EMPM and will be a reverse merger this month or next. seems from my research a perfect match for smart....as their tech is nano battery in size compared to what exists now. more miles. i know i would have bot a smart ev if they demo test i tried it on went not 63 miles but 300 miles+