• Sep 30th 2010 at 2:46PM
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Smart escooter concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Envision a Smart fortwo after some extensive reworking. Start by lopping off the body, dropping two wheels, slicing it down to the bare essentials required for urban mobility and then electrify it. Once you do all this, you might end up with something resembling the Smart escooter that took to the stage at the Paris Motor Show today. Yeah, it's a bit of stretch, but Smart's escooter concept represents a high-tech approach to travel in congested urban settings. In essence, it takes the fortwo's basic and efficient transportation ability and gives it a new, two-wheeled meaning.

Sporting a 4 kW rear-wheel-mounted direct hub drive motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack, Smart's two-wheeled machine has the goods to get the job done. With a range of 62 miles and a top speed of 28 miles per hour, the escooter concept could tool around urban areas and even venture out to make the occasional longer trip with ease. The escooter concept is "zero-emissions" mobility, simplified.

But that's not all. Smart also unveiled an even simpler two-wheeled vehicle in Paris today, an electric bicycle concept called the ebike. The battery provides extra power when the rider pedals and the ebike can also use the smart drive kit app that is available in the iTunes app store. No price was mentioned for the ebike, but in the fortwo, just the installation costs $300, so let's hope Smart has decided to make the two-wheeled version a bit less costly.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      And the scooter design looks way better than bmw's "mini" scooter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A good bike is not cheap. Electric ones even less. A good bike costs same as a scooter, so don't expect that bike being cheap. 1000 euros would be cheap for that. 2000 wouldn't be surprise. Being branded "Smart" even 3000 wouldn't be surprise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More pictures of the bike please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @law_goes_green, regenerative braking on an electric drivetrain is essentially free in terms of cost, it is a simple switch to make the motor output electricity rather than consume it. It might require a some battery charge circuitry, but that should already be included
        • 4 Years Ago
        rather than a fixed gear, i'd hope it's a single-speed... it'd be nice to coast on the engine for a little bit sometimes and i don't want to have to keep pedaling...

        also, wouldn't regenerative braking system be added weight and more cost? (sorry if it's a stupid question, i don't know how the electric engine would charge on the ebike, i'm assuming it takes some of the energy you use from the wheel to charge the battery while you're pedaling)
        • 4 Years Ago
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        • 4 Years Ago
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        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for adding the bike pictures, the internal brake cable routing looks good, and the one-speed design looks clean, hopefully the electric motor helps to compensate when the going gets tough uphill so that the fixed gear is not a problem.

        The phone slot to allow for navigation is a nice touch.
        Does it keep the phone charged up? Is it Iphone only?

        It would be nice if it had a theft prevention system where you could lock it & it would use motion sensors to trigger an alarm(and flash the lights).

        There should not be any rear brake, the rear brake lever should engage regenerative braking, brake with the rear brake to save energy & slow down gradually, if you need to stop quickly then you can engage regen and the front brake.

        Standard brake levers would be easier to fix.
        The wheels look weird & not particularly aerodynamic.
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