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I have a 2009 Smart and am thinking of replacing it with a new one. Problem is, the 2 Mercedes dealers in my area (Northern Ohio) are no long selling them, although they still service them. I realize the new ones are all electric, but how can I test drive one if there are no local dealers? I've never driven an all-electric, so I don't think it would be very "smart" of me to order one without a test drive. Any suggestions? Also, I'm not sure of the availability of charging stations in my area. My Mercedes salesman told me that Ohio hasn't embraced the electric car, and that's why they're no longer selling them. Although most of my trips are local, and I can recharge in the garage, there may be an occasion where I'll have to charge it off-site.
 

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Try Mercedes of Easton in Columbus. They are the only Ohio dealer selling new electric smarts. Of course, the car doesn't have the range to drive from Columbus to Cleveland so getting it home would be the big obstacle.
 

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You can find charging stations in your area at PLUGSHARE.COM
The electric smart uses a Level 2 J1772 charger so be sure to filter using only those.

As for a test drive, you may need to take a trip to a dealer, or see if there is a local owner willing to let you try one out. If you enjoyed the 2009, you'll love the 2018. Better quality materials throughout, smoother transmission, better suspension, better acceleration, more comfortable seats, etc etc. If you can live with the range and have access to charging, theres no reason not to upgrade.

We're happy to ship cars to your door from Massachusetts when you are ready to buy or lease. If you're ever in the Boston area, please feel welcome to come in and drive one with me here.
 

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What can I expect to pay for a new Smart electric vehicle, after government rebates and other incentives?
 

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Thanks for the info. Do you have an electric Smart? I was just wondering what the actual range is vs. what they tell you.
 
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