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 |  Jun 24 2012, 5:31 PM

Last month, we learned that Smart plans to bring its escooter to market in 2014, and now the German automaker has revealed more information about its electric scooter.

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 |  Mar 15 2012, 7:01 AM

Hillary Clinton, along other politicians, relied in past political campaigns on video games translating into real-life violence and consequence.

Please don’t show her this video, lest we endure another lecture on the dangers of digital entertainment. instead laugh at the Super Mario-themed clip featuring a scooter-rider dodging digital cones. Trust us, the video has a funny ending and it’s much better after having seen the full clip.

Watch it below.

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 |  Apr 29 2011, 11:54 AM

Honda is apparently developing a hybrid version of their Goldwing motorcycle, a first in the two-wheeled world. A drawing that was attached to Honda’s patent filing seems to show a near replica of their Goldwing touring motorcycle.

While hybrids tend to deliver wonderful fuel economy gains in city driving, the Goldwing is meant to travel long distances, an arena where hybrids generally offer little benefit in terms of fuel economy. On the other hand, the Goldwing’s large size means that the bike actually has space for the battery pack and electric motor.

Nevertheless, we’re surprised that Honda hasn’t started development on an electric scooter or something more commuter oriented, but the company has always been an iconoclast, and this seems to be a continuation of their usual methods.

[Source: Motorbiker]

 |  Apr 15 2011, 5:13 PM

Peugeot has come a long way since their first scooter they launched in 1996. Meet the battery-powered e-Vivacity, the perfect people mover in an urban environment.

Since the 1996 Scoot’elec, the folks at Peugeot have been working hard to come up with a green machine that made to take on the mean city streets – and they’ve accomplished that with the e-Vivacity. The French motor company outfitted the e-Vivacity with an advanced lithium-ion pack (made by Saft) that only takes four hours to power up (using a standard European 230-volt plug). And if you’re in a hurry, you can also choose to go with the fast two hour charge that gives it an 80% full battery.

This little scooter can reach speeds of around at 28mph within a 60 mile range before it needs a recharge (that’s about the same as the conventional 50cc gasoline-fueled scooter). No word on a price just yet, but with gas prices rising the way they are, the e-Vivacity is a viable option if you’re looking to cut your transportation costs.

[Source: Ubergizmo]

 |  Sep 22 2010, 2:26 PM

MINI‘s Scooter E concept is getting closer and closer to its Paris debut, and now another rendering has surfaced, this time with a photorealistic image of a green scooter and a female rider.

Judging by the hubcap-looking pieces attached to the front wheels, our guess is two electric motors providing motivation to the MINI-resembling two-wheeler.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Sep 10 2010, 3:28 PM

As part of parent company Mercedes-Benz’s quest to offer “mobility solutions”, Smart is also set to debut an electric scooter concept at the Paris Auto Show, along with rival brand MINI.

The Smart scooter will actually share similar characteristics with a MINI scooter, using an electric powertrain and an already established “premium” brand as selling points. The Smart is said to use a lithium-ion battery, and more significantly, a special airbag designed to protect occupants in a crash.

Smart will continue to debut new cars in the future, but the poor reception of the Smart Fortwo in North America, along with declining sales, means that the brand must focus on new efforts in the mobility field, rather than just the automobile.

Check out Autoguide’s Paris Auto Show preview, and stay tuned for live coverage starting September 30th

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Sep 10 2010, 11:54 AM

MINI is set to debut a new electric scooter concept at the Paris Auto Show, under the auspices of the MINI E brand. With an integrated electric motor and MINI design cues (like the rear-view mirrors and oval headlamp), the MINI Scooter should provide consumers with a hip alternative to the trendy gasoline scooters populating urban centers, as well as cheaper models from China.

Official details won’t be made public until the scooter’s Paris debut, but expect some innovative packaging and the cachet of the MINI brand to make this offering very attractive to affluent urban types who may have never previously considered two-wheel transportation before.

Check out Autoguide’s Paris Auto Show preview, and stay tuned for live coverage starting September 30th

[Source: Motoring File]

 |  Jul 14 2010, 3:34 PM

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Smart is set to unveil a new type of “single track” vehicle at the Paris Auto Show. The vehicle, described as a “plug in scooter”, and is similar to BMW’s ill-fated C1 covered motorcycle.

Smart is looking to expand its lineup after failing to turn a profit in the car business. “Smart was originally established to tackle the need for improved mobility, especially in congested city environments,” a Mercedes-Benz official to England’s Autocar. “Up to now we have concentrated our efforts on four-wheel solutions. The next stage is to looking at how to expand beyond this with other environmentally friendly vehicles.”

The scooter, which could be produced with the expertise of several experience component makers, would likely be built in factories in China, Thailand and India. These are also markets that are ripe for the introduction and promotion of both the Smart and Mercedes-Benz brand, as consumers could move up from a scooter to a Smart Fortwo and then to a Mercedes-Benz.

[Source: Autocar]