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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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 |  May 10 2012, 9:02 PM

Back at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Smart unveiled a collection of electric urban mobility products, with the fortwo electric car and ebike already becoming a reality. Next on its list will be the escooter, launching in 2014.

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 |  Sep 30 2010, 8:00 AM


Smart had already teased us with the eScooter concept ahead of its Paris Auto Show debut, but with MINI also announcing a similar concept, Smart decided to take its green initiative to a new level – bicycles.

The eScooter can seat both a driver and a passenger thanks to a secondary seat that folds out, as well as footrest pegs that slide out from the body. With a range of 100 km (60 miles) it can be recharged in anywhere from 3 to 5 hours. The production possibility for this model is likely, especially with Smart announcing it could potentially target the scooter at those who don’t yet have a driver’s license. This would certainly help parent company Daimler’s ability to grow its customer loyalty from a very young age.

As for Smart’s second two-wheeled emissions-free mobility solution, the eBike, well, its a hybrid of sorts. It uses an electric motor, yes, but instead of a gasoline engine it uses your muscles. The electric “booster” of 250 watts stores energy in a lithium-ion battery pack with 36 volts of power. Drivers can choose from four levels of electric boost, allowing for a range of 30, 50, 70 or 90 kilometers. Gear ratios change with the boost level and at no time can the Smart eBike exceed 25 km/h (roughly 15 mph), meaning that (at least in Europe) no license of any kind is required to charge it.

Recharging the battery pack takes from 2 to 3 hours in a conventional household outlet.

Both the eBike and eScooter also feature a hook-up point for a smart phone.





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