The ForTwo company is giving us two ForOnes.

After releasing details on its ebike, Daimler's Smart division has announced it will start selling a battery-electric scooter in 2014.

Smart first unveiled the escooter along side its electric-powered bike at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010 and said the scooter would have a single-charge range of 62 miles. The scooter's four-kilowatt electric motor is mounted on the rear wheel and provides a top speed of 28 miles per hour.

The escooter was part of a broader electric-mobility plan Smart outlined at that Paris show. That plan also included an electric-powered bike as well as a battery-electric version of the ForTwo. Earlier this week, Smart said it would start selling its ebikes in the UK this month. The bike has a 250-watt electric motor and a battery pack that offers around 62 miles of single-charge range.
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smart continues its mobility concept further: market launch for the smart escooter in 2014
Stuttgart, May 10, 2012

Stuttgart – smart will launch the escooter on the market in 2014. For smart, this is the next logical step in implementing its comprehensive concept for future urban mobility.

"The decision in favor of the escooter has been made," announced Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, on the sidelines of the international dealer meeting in Davos, Switzerland. "With this step, we are adding a further important component to our smart mobility concept for urban mobility in the future," he added.

Back in 2010, smart unveiled a comprehensive portfolio of electric products for urban transport at the Paris Motor Show. In addition to the smart fortwo electric drive as a coupé and a convertible, it includes the smart ebike and the escooter. smart is now consistently turning this concept into reality: the smart fortwo electric drive will be launched on the market in summer 2012, and delivery to customers of the first ebikes is just beginning. The fully electric escooter will be premiered within the next two years. The design of the escooter study is being developed and refined further. With its many innovative and trendsetting features, the new product will be unmistakably a genuine smart. Just like the ebike, the escooter will also be available for customers who (as yet) have no driver's license for cars as a smart on two wheels.

"Anyone who thinks of urban mobility has to think of smart," says Dr. Annette Winkler, the head of smart. "We offer the perfect zero-emissions vehicle for every requirement, and with our products, electric travel is a lot of fun too."

A number of external studies and the awards that the brand has recently won illustrate how much the ideas from smart are in tune with today's demands for individual urban mobility.
"We are especially proud that the ebike received the red dot award, and that our comprehensive mobility concept won the 2012 iF product design award," Dr. Winkler added.

The judging panel for the red dot awards gave the coveted "best of the best" predicate to the series production version of the 2012 smart ebike. This year, the iF product design award, which has been internationally recognised since 1953, singled out the smart mobility concept, consisting of the smart electric drive, the smart ebike, and the smart escooter, as an excellent overall concept for urban mobility.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will maybe be interrested to buy the electric powered bike but there is no mud guard on the wheels so when it's raining and there is mud on the road then you get dirty. I won't buy if they didn't include mud guards on the wheels.
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        http://www.designbuzz.com/entry/smart-set-debut-electric-bike-frankfurt This picture shows it with mud guards.
          goodoldgorr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          It make more sense, some pictures show it with mud guards and some without. If i see this bike with mudguards at walmart then i'll look at the price.
          Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          At Wal-Mart... Ha!. You could buy 10 Wal-Mart bikes for the price of this one. Mud guards are removable.
      Edge
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whao, where is oil shale in the article? The comment section is totally removed from what the article is about.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it is electric scooter, then surely it won't consume fuel. But how we have to charge the battery? http://getprice.com.au/Aseako-Alto-Electric-Bike-Gpnc_332--57017683.htm
      • 3 Years Ago
      ASEAKO ELECTRIC BIKE Now there is standard of speed for all electric bicycles. Do you know that? http://www.truelocal.com.au/business/aseako-electric-bikes/maroochydore
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      no mention of price..
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Just as well because it won't be cheap.
          DarylMc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          I think $15K would be closer.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I was going to complain about that....but I have so many times in the past, I didn't want to sound repetitive. Interestingly, I got a coupon for a wholesale club (amusingly named, BJ's) for an electric bike for $499. The range was only 30 miles, but if this thing in the article costs $3000 -$4000....well....I know which one I would buy.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I checked out their page ( hey, you must be on the east coast because we don't have those here! ), and yeah.. it's the the typical decent quality China stuff with American warranty support. I've seen those bikes badged as a hundred different brands.. they are OK though. You can even get ones with lithium batteries for ~$1,000. That's pretty damn good in terms of value. But they are not flashy or name brand.. so no press for you.. ;)
          DarylMc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I would guess at least US $10K
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          :D
          DarylMc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          BJ's? and they throw in a bike? EZEE, you have all the fun. The price of this Smart is probably not worth thinking about until it's available 2014-15.
      DarylMc
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a lot of clever design in this machine and I can't wait to see the finished version. Well hidden turn signals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SRr16CVfeQ.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      HEY DOMINICK! I read this: “The Green River Formation--an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming--contains the world's largest deposits of oil shale,”Anu K. Mittal, the GAO’s director of natural resources and environment said in written testimony submitted to the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. “USGS estimates that the Green River Formation contains about 3 trillion barrels of oil, and about half of this may be recoverable, depending on available technology and economic conditions,” Mittal testified. “The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, estimates that 30 to 60 percent of the oil shale in the Green River Formation can be recovered,” Mittal told the subcommittee. “At the midpoint of this estimate, almost half of the 3 trillion barrels of oil would be recoverable. This is an amount about equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves.” Me again... Not posting that for trolling purposes, but as a mental exercise. China, India, and peak oil have been two major concerns (beyond environmental) for moving away from oil. If peak oil and china/India aren't a problem, then what? The problem with the environmental side is, if we pass regulations restricting use/production, we know the oil companies will move elsewhere and go nuts (such as some of the nasty stuff they currently do in Africa). So as a mental exercise, what's next? Again, NOT TROLLING, but curious as to a rational response to potentially unlimited supplies of oil.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Green river and oil shales should not be confused with shale oil, although the names are similar. The latter is oil in a liquid state, which if you frack the shale and subject it to moderate pressure will flow, as is done in the Marcellus and Bakken. The really big deposits are oil shales at Green River, and they are a totally different matter. They are rocks which have some oil in, which will not flow with fracking, but would have to be mined and heated to release oil. This is not done anywhere in the world. Some of the Baltic states mine it and burn it as a kind of very low grade coal substitute for heat to generate power. http://ostseis.anl.gov/guide/oilshale/ These deposits are in a very water stressed location. The logistics of mining and oil production, let alone the difficulties in obtaining water etc are mind boggling. Canada's tar sands are far easier to get oil from, and there are huge resources there anyway. The problem is the difficulty in ramping up production, currently increasing by around 50,000 bd per year, which will take a long time to put much of a dent in US demand of around 19 mbd, and also uses vast quantities of natural gas. It's a heck of a lot easier to go to electric cars than to substantially start burning rocks to get oil.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          sweet! Thank you for that!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Fantastic.. i'm moving to Utah ( SLC area ) good to know that i'll be moving right over an oil field.. We've got a mini alberta oil sands here in the United States then. Now, when they start doing the awful process of drilling and pumping and refining this rude crude, can we at least get the benefit of less wars to protect foreign oil supplies.. please... :|
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Ever since the late 80's I've been saying we would not run out of oil, but rather we would run out of air. And not air to burn the oil with but rather air to dump the waste products of that burn. You get my meaning?
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @AR: Don't worry about 'cunning plans' for oil from kerogen. They are just Fox News pseudo facts, to support the 'drill baby, drill' meme and delude people with the false belief that it is a good idea to buy a petrol SUV as there will be plenty of petrol forever. Anyone daft enough to try it would be bankrupt before they could do much damage. Unfortunately the same is not true to mountain top removal to obtain poor coal resources for conversion to oil, so we can carry right on destroying the environment and enabling primitive technologies by burning fossil fuels.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I was just asking...didn't find the article from Fox (I never do, as I know people would jump all over it and ignore what is being reported) and made sure the person speaking was a government person. It's funny. Sometimes I will see an article from fox. I think, 'nope!' then I look for other sources....Bloomberg....nope....wsj....nope....Forbes....nope....ironically, when I find huffington post or msnbc, then I a, happy because i know it won't be shot down for the messenger. The great thing was, one time I found one from the NY Times. I sh*t you not, people came back with, 'bunch of right wingers.'. O.O
          DarylMc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Hi EZEE So what did you make of the reports about the oil windfall? Since I have also been receiving anti Volt propaganda from Australian conservatives which has absolutely nothing to do with politics here (no rebates, no government loans). It seemed to me that the emails I received were mainly about discrediting any attempt to reduce oil consumption.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @EZEE: It's the spin Fox puts on it. Most of the habitues of the channel should not venture outside of the States, as they would not be regarded as right wingers but as simple straight jacket cases in almost all countries. Much of their specious pseudo logic has polluted the debate in other ostensibly more balanced publications, in a great wave of pollution from the shores of Australia in the Murdoch empire.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        And yes, I see 'the rand corporation,' but the original report is from the GAO....
        American Refugee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        So the idea is to literally strip mine much of Utah and western Colorado, to crush and burn its rocks to extract oil from them. This process will require massive amounts of water in a region that barely meets its water needs today. It will ravage one of the most pristine and beautiful places in the world. If we do this, I'm resigning from humanity.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          Hm, don't you live so far away from the USA that you can give only 1/8th the regular ****? Enjoy the benefits of cheap and plentiful energy while you're still here. No point in offing yourself over the inevitable. Maybe not having kids or going solar-electric like me would help tho.
          Campisi86
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          This.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Oil shale is not oil. It is Kerogen, a waxy pre-oil substance. It has the energy density of a baked potato. Although there have been numerous attempts. No one as figure out an economic way of getting the energy out of it. Many people have made guesses as to when it could be profitable. But the problem is that there is a 'receding horizon' problem wherein as we approach an $XX/barrel price that people think it could be profitable, the inputs to the process have also gone up in price such that you now need an $XX+20/barrel price for it to really be profitable. There is plenty of oil shale available on both public and private land. If anyone can figure out how to make money with it, they can easily buy rights to it. But there are zero barrels of oil produced from oil shale today. Oil shale is constantly brought up by cornucopians that like to criticize peak oil. But they are really deceiving people when they talk about oil shale because it is uneconomic and there is nothing pointing toward it being economic at any time in the next 10 to 20 years. Maybe it will be economic eventually, but you'll probably be driving an electric car or even a fuel cell car at that point.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Here is a short article explaining the difference between tight oil, oil sands, and oil shale (all very different). http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9085
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @Spec: Exactly. If you want to get energy resources from a lean source, go for uranium or thorium, since they are a million times more energy dense than fossil fuels. Coal, for instance, contains around 5 times as much energy in the uranium it contains than you get by burning it, and 17 times as much thorium. There is plenty of richer sources of uranium about, and the reactors we use at present only get around 1% of the energy out of the fuel, the rest is in the so-called 'waste' which alone could provide all the energy we need for hundreds of years with slightly more sophisticated reactors that we know perfectly well how to build. If we insist on using chemical energy, then before we turn to kerogen there are plenty of low-grade coal deposits which it would be a lot more economic to convert to oil.
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I received that email a few weeks ago from my uncle who's involved in conservative politics here in Australia. You should Google some of it. I came to the conclusion it was a bunch of lies designed to assist GOP in the upcoming USA election. When it comes to religion and politics and perhaps even warp speed cruising, telepathic aliens... there is never going to be agreement.
      sdn
      • 3 Years Ago
      why not get a vectrix?
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      HEY MARCO! Read this: http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/the-australian-sex-version-of-great-moments-in-government-stupidy/ It's about a Worker's compensation case in Australia! :D
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