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Smart gives production nod to all-electric escooter

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May 10, 2012

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Alongside the smart fortwo electric drive coupé and convertible that appeared at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, smart also unveiled a couple of two-wheeled electric vehicle concepts, the smart ebike and smart escooter. With the ebike having already having received the production nod in 2011 and now nearing its scheduled mid-2012 release, smart has announced plans to bring its smart escooter to market with a planned 2014 launch.

While we can expect the production escooter to share a lot in common with the concept vehicle that was shown in Paris in 2010, smart says it is continuing to further develop and refine the escooter’s design. Whether that means we can expect improvements on the concept’s 45 km/h (28 mph) top speed and 100 km (62 mile) range remains to be seen. But like the smart ebike, smart says the escooter won’t require a license to drive.

Features that are likely to survive the move from concept to production vehicle include an integrated airbag, ABS brakes, and a blind-spot monitoring system. The concept also featured a dock in the center of the handlebars that allows a smartphone to replace the usual instrument cluster and serve as the escooter’s control and communication center, as well as acting as a starter and immobilizer. Whether this makes it to the production version is a little less certain.

Putting its escooter into production means that smart will have a variety of urban mobility vehicle options, ranging from the pedal-powered electric assist e-bike, through the all-electric escooter, up to its smart fortwo electric cars.

“Anyone who thinks of urban mobility has to think of smart,” says Dr. Annette Winkler, the head of smart. “We offer the perfect zero-emissions vehicle for every requirement, and with our products, electric travel is a lot of fun too.”

Source: Daimler

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9 Comments

1958, I was driving an Italian Lambretta. That was a beautiful look, in my opinion!

Danny Vanderbeke
11th May, 2012 @ 08:04 am PDT

Four+ years of development for a 28 mph e-scoot? What's the rush, smart?

Ron Arnold
11th May, 2012 @ 10:15 am PDT

For such a small 4 wheel vehicle their gas mileage isn't very "smart." Electric urban scooters seem to be a smart ideal though. The Chinese will copy and produce this design in months that took Smart years to do.

chidrbmt
11th May, 2012 @ 11:57 am PDT

If its more than $600.00 retail you will be paying to much, since they make a similar one overseas.

Richie Suraci
11th May, 2012 @ 12:05 pm PDT

Price?

If it is over £2000, then what is the point...

Adam Dixon
12th May, 2012 @ 08:00 am PDT

I wonder if these could be used as part of a public transit system in cities.

Joel Detrow
12th May, 2012 @ 12:31 pm PDT

Won't require a license? Motor vehicle departments around the US might disagree with that.

Gadgeteer
12th May, 2012 @ 03:07 pm PDT

So where's the payload capacity? No luggage rack nor panniers! Neither practical nor Schmart!

rsbelljr
16th May, 2012 @ 08:50 am PDT

The idea is good but time and time again it's battery technology that lets everyone down. In my opinion until significant breakthrough are made projects like these simply wont cut it.

dingo
3rd June, 2013 @ 04:14 am PDT
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