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Here's the body of the email I received from the EPA regarding the Emissions Testing of the 2008 smart:

Penske Corporation will provide the dealer distribution network for the
2008 Smart Cars. Mercedes will certify the vehicles. EPA has not issued a certificate to Mercedes yet for the 2008 Smart Cars. Although specific discussions with a manufacturer are CONFIDENTIAL prior to issuing a certificate for a vehicle, I can tell you that Mercedes is still working on the vehicle, and will likely have all the emission testing done and request an EPA certificate in the fall of 2007 or so.
According to some of the articles in the press, 2008 Smart Cars will go on sale in early 2008.

The process of developing a new model to meet U.S. emission standards, developing and testing the onboard diagnostic (OBD) system for the vehicle, performing EPA emission tests, submitting an application for certification and obtaining an EPA certificate generally takes 6 months minimum. It can take as long as18 months (or more) depending on the manufacturer. Most of this time is dependent on the manufacturer----EPA testing generally takes one week to one month (depending on how long it takes to ship the vehicle to EPA's emission lab, whether it passes the first set of tests, etc). After a manufacturer submits an application for certification to EPA, the certificate is normally issued within 24 hours.

Hope this answers your questions.

Anyone wishing to see a citation for the source of this email please PM me. - MPG
 

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Thanks for the info. I love learning new and interesting things. If you hear anything about the smart EPA results please let us know.
 

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EPA progress on US Smart.

Felinae.
Great post. Good info. I will link other Smart sites here.

Others have spotted Smart cars coming out of the gates of the testing lab in Californa. But that's probably for Calif state approval. Friend of a friend works for state lab, and says the Mitsu CDI is now in test.???

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EPA compliance issues

This was posted before. However, if someone wants to contact the EPA regarding compliance issues the number below will work.

From: Coleman.Sachs
Date: May 21 2007 - 9:27am

If DaimlerChrysler is manufacturing a vehicle to our standards, they do
not need our approval before they do so. They would only need to
manufacture the vehicle to our standards and affix to the vehicle a
label certifying that it meets our standards. NHTSA issues the
standards but does not approve any vehicle as meeting those standards.
That is the manufacturer's responsibility, which it accomplishes by
affixing a certification label to the vehicle in a prescribed location.
In view of these considerations, you will not find anything on a
government website concerning DaimlerChrysler's plans to market a 2008
SmartCar in the United States. If you have questions
regarding EPA compliance issues, you should contact that
agency's Imports Hotline at 734-214-4100
.

Coleman Sachs, Chief Import and Certification
Division Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance
 

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They would only need to
manufacture the vehicle to our standards and affix to the vehicle a
label certifying that it meets our standards. NHTSA issues the
standards but does not approve any vehicle as meeting those standards.
That is the manufacturer's responsibility, which it accomplishes by
affixing a certification label to the vehicle in a prescribed location.
Said label on a US spec smart at the smart House in Venice, California. This is off the white/silver baby in the front window. Label location is under the rear mat by the engine hatch.

 

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The picture shows the emissions certification sticker.

There should be (I'm sure there is) another sticker somewhere on the vehicle certifying that it complies with NHTSA safety standards (FMVSS).
 
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