Smart Battery Warranty Better Than They Told You !
Background--let's straighten this out.
The sale of Smart fortwo electric cars provide Federal and State Emission credits for Mercedes, which allows them to help meet air pollution requirements.
Emission credits are needed in order to meet strict air pollution requirements mandated for gas burning cars and light duty trucks. Both the Federal government and California have created and adopted tough requirements that must be met by car manufacturers before they may legally sell their cars.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]To qualify to sell cars and trucks that fall short of mandated standards, a manufacturer may sell a prescribed number of cars which qualify as ZEV, (zero emission vehicle, with lessor credit for similar but not pure ZEV.) These ZEV credits act as a legal offset to the gas requirements.
Section 177 of the Federal Clean Air Act allows other states to adopt and enforce other auto emission standards if they are identical to the California standards for which a waiver has been granted.
California created requirements which exceeded the Federal mandates.( At this point, 16 states have either adopted or are moving to adopt the California standards, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington and Oregon)
In order to receive full ZEV credits you must, among other things, increase your warranty on "emission related hardware". In the case of the Federal Clean Air Act, this "emission related hardware" includes traction batteries, which puts them into an 8-10 year warranty requirement. Whereas traction batteries are separtately referenced in California and are specifically identified and must be warrantied for
10 years/150K miles.
All auto manufacturers were forced at a minimum, to comply with the Federal Mandate, with some choosing to quote warranties matching the tougher California requirements.
Here is the quoted California requirement:
California's Warranty for, "zero emission energy storage devises used for traction power (such as battery, ultracapacitor, or other electric storage devise), is 10 years/150K miles".
The smart Deception:
All manufacturers but one, began referencing either the Federal mandate which was 8-10 years/100K miles, or the California based
warranty standards as there own. The exception was smart. Smart, who like the others had agreed to the Federal and California state requirements, kept the agreed upon facts from the public.
In a clever marketing/ revenue program, smart brought the European BAP (Battery Assurance Program), to America. Here is what they did. They excluded any Public reference to warranties they were legally mandated to provide. By deliberate omission, you were told that your smart fortwo ed, came with a 4 years/50K miles warranty, which also included your battery. This appeared in all of their public advertising and also in the warranty documents provided to new smart fortwo ed, owners.
Daimler/smarts plan: For approximately $80/month you could receive, "peace of mind" in knowing that Your Battery would be Insured for 10 years (if it ever reached a level of degradation that would rarely occur),
rather than the 4 years or 50K miles, which smart claimed as their official smart battery warranty.
The BAP, which began here in the Spring of 2013, was discontinued in the first quarter of 2017, no more specific date is available since no public announcement was ever officially made.
It is no wonder that so much confusion exists around smart's battery warranty, until you realize that they hid their Federal and State legal obligation and then sold you an extended warranty they were already mandated by law to provide.
I invite you to review the references below and I encourage you to correct what you thought you knew. Let's eliminate the myths and misconceptions once and for all !
The California Warranty states, "All Zero emission storage devices used for traction power, have a mandated 10 year/150K mile Battery Warranty. The Federal Warranty, on States that have not adopted the stiffer California requirements, range from 8-10 years/ 100K miles, as explained in the reference above and the articles below. So, at the very least you have an 8 year/100K mile warranty.
Note: If a car was originally sold in California or shipped from California to some other State, the California Warranty travels with it, 10 years/150K miles. This is true as well for the other States that adopted California requirements.
Daimler/smart may continue to try to bluff you into believing that you only have a 4 years/or 50k miles (which ever comes first) warranty on your battery but the truth is they agreed to Federal and State requirements to get ZEV credits, in order to qualify to sell their gas powered cars and trucks. In exchange, under the law, they agreed to provide either a 10 year/150K warranty on their/your battery, if the car was sold in or obtained from California, or in another State that has adopted California's standards, or an 8-10 year/100K mile warranty if the car was sold in a State limited to Federal standards !
It's the Law!
Note: 2018, 453 comes with a Daimler/smart stated battery warranty,
"8 years/ 62K miles". This is Closer to reality but still in conflict with the minimum 10 year law in America.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]D) [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]Extended Warranty. Extend the performance and defects warranty period set forth in subdivisions 2037(b)(2) and 2038(b)(2) to 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever occurs first except that the time period is to be 10 years for a zero emission energy storage device used for traction power (such as a battery, ultracapacitor, or other electric storage device).
FINAL REGULATION ORDER
Zero Emission Vehicle Regulation: 2009 through 2017 Model Years
Title 13, California Code of Regulations
[/FONT] Further explanation of All car warranties:
2018, 453, limited high voltage battery warranty
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