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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.
GALLERY: SMART eScooter
GALLERY: SMART eBike
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