Why Atherton resident Tricia Young is wild about her new all-electric, cabriolet SMART car

by Linda Hubbard on August 8, 2013

What’s relatively rare, cute-as-a-button, and environmentally friendly? Until we get other entries, we’re sticking with Atherton resident Tricia Young’s brand new, all-electric, cabriolet SMART car.

“As far as I know, it’s the first of its kind on the Peninsula,” said Tricia, while showing off the car’s many features. “I bought it from Mercedes of San Francisco, and they told me that only 20 convertibles are manufactured a year worldwide.”

The new car makes Tricia a two SMART car owner. “I bought a gas model in 2008,” she said. “When I heard that SMART was building an electric model that was also a convertible, I ordered a white one and was told it would be six months. But then this red one came into the showroom — and I couldn’t wait!”

A long time Atherton resident, Tricia is a Menlo-Atherton High School grad who stayed local after college. She operates the Atherton Inn, but on our recent visit, it was all SMART talk. “It goes 60 miles on a charge, and I just plug it into 110. There’s a new app called PlugShare. When I’m in the City and starting to run low on battery, I use the app to find a nearby plug.

“What’s really cool is that when you have the car plugged in, the inside temperature stays at 70 degrees, whether it’s hot or cold outside.”

Tricia wants others to know that SMART is not just smart for the environment, the car also has some pep and luxury features. “It has huge torque — and heated, leather seats!”

We can only comment from a passenger’s perspective: Our ride around the streets of Atherton was zippy and fun.

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