Smart Center Santa Barbara Explores Green Practices at the smart Production Facility
California drivers are often intrigued by the one-of-a-kind smart fortwo. This eco-friendly car is produced at “smartville” in Hambach, France and continues to lay new ground rules for efficient and safe driving technology as well as responsible manufacturing and production processes. Let’s take a moment to see what it is that makes this car so unique:
From its initial conceptualization to today’s manufacturing, smart has adhered to strict Daimler environmental guidelines in an effort to protect the environment, reduce energy consumption and innovatively preserve our natural resources. The “eco balance sheet” offers fascinating insights into the future, from the demands on raw materials to a projection of future waste. Each component is carefully considered and processes are aligned to reduce energy and waste in diverse and innovative ways.
One unique aspect of the smart car is that the entire vehicle bodywork is coated rather than painted. Powder coating uses 40% less energy than conventional painting methods with zero solvent emissions and no water consumption. Powder “overspray” is collected and is also 98% reusable. This is a great example of eco-friendly solutions that also provide excellent finish quality which our Santa Barbara customers appreciate.
If you are truly eco-friendly, your attitude stretches beyond the product itself to everything you do. This is true in our smartville production center. The engineers at smartville have analyzed and increased the thermal insulation of the buildings to minimize heat loss. Excess heat generated from the injection molding machines is collected to heat the paint booths. The facility even has its own natural gas fired thermal energy station that supplies hot water and electricity for the building. Everything works in synchronicity – environmentally sound buildings, intelligent people, and one technologically advanced car.
smart Waste Management
At smart, everyone is a fanatic on waste. Recycling is good, but the initial thought is always to avoid the waste in the first place. So, smart works with suppliers to source parts in returnable containers. When waste is unavoidable, smart makes sure it is collected, graded, analyzed, and recycled.
Thanks to the intentional green practices employed by smart, smart fortwo drivers and enthusiasts can rest assured that their purchase is a responsible one. At smart center Santa Barbara, we are dedicated to supporting environmentally responsible practices and to providing the most enjoyable buying experience as we proudly share the smart fortwo with the world.
About smart center Santa Barbara
At smart center Santa Barbara, customers can expect to receive the highest in customer service assistance. Smart center Santa Barbara is conveniently located off the 101 and Hope Ave and proudly serves Santa Barbara and the greater Southern California area, featuring a diverse array of smart cars. Friendly and experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week to address customers’ needs and questions. For more information about a smart fortwo or to schedule a test drive, please call, email, or visit the dealership.
Santa Barbara Auto Group
402 S Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105