Smart, like Mini, will unveil an electric scooter at the Paris Motor Show. While Mini is reluctant to reveal many details about its two-wheeled electric machine, Smart can't help but dish it all out. The Smart escooter is driven by a disc-shaped wheel hub motor in the rear, which, despite its compact size, still manages to pump out 4 kW. Additionally, the direct hub drive motor frees up underseat storage space that's typically reserved for a gasoline engine.
With the grunt of that 4 kW motor and punch provided by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack, Smart claims that the two-wheeled electric wonder can reach a top speed of 28 miles per hour and can endure a 62-mile run on a full charge. The escooter can be recharged via standard household power in as little as three hours and a front-mounted solar panel apparently boosts the battery's juice whenever the sun is shining. Add in some heated handlebars and smartphone functionality and Smart's electric two-wheeler takes scooting into the future. Hit the jump for more on Smart's two-wheeled escooter concept. Hat tip to David!