Smart Charging FAQ

  1. Is there anything I need to do to prepare my home/garage for the smart Electric Drive? You should identify a convenient area to charge, such as a garage. The 120V charge cord that comes standard with the smart will meet some customers’ charging needs. However, if you want a faster charge, an optional 240V charging station is available to purchase through Bosch Service Solutions.
  2. What charger comes with the vehicle? smart Electric Drive comes standard with a 120V portable charge cord. This unit is compatible with most common household outlets, and takes approximately 16 hours for a full charge.
  3. Can any standard 120V household outlet be used and what is the amp draw? Yes, any standard 120V outlet can be used. It is designed to work on a 120V/15 amp or 120V/20 amp circuit.
  4. Who do I call about installing a 240V charge station in my home or business? smart’s home charging provider, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, provides customers with a one-stop shopping experience for both purchasing and installing their 240V charging station for home or business.
  5. Does the 240V charging station price include installation? If not, how much will installation cost be? No. Installation price is separate. A charging station should to be professionally installed by a licensed electrician. The average installation price for a standard install ranges from $1,200 to $1,500. The price may be higher or lower depending on the specific installation requirements and specifications for your home.
  6. Are there any special programs to assist in the cost of the 240V charging station? Many owners may be eligible for tax credits and/or various special programs offered by federal and state entities and/or utility companies. Bosch will advise customers of available incentives in their area.
  7. Is a full charge necessary to operate the smart? No, a full charge is not necessary. A partially charged battery will work
  8. How much does the Smart Electric drive cost to charge? Electricity is an extremely affordable way to power a car. The average consumer pays less than 12 cents per kilowatt hour. If the average consumer drives less than 40 miles, it will cost about $1.50 a day for electricity. That’s about the same annual cost as running a common household appliance. To save even more, some utility companies recommend charging overnight for off-peak rates and may even offer incentives to customers who do so.
  9. How can I learn more about the smart Electric Drive? To learn more about the smart electric drive, visit the official smart Electric Drive website.