In a blink-and-you'd-miss-it announcement during an event in Berlin, the head of marketing and sales for Smart, Martin Hülder, told us that the third model in the Smart e-Mobility range – after the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive and eBike – will be the Smart electric scooter (or "smart scooter"). To be fair, the original announcement happened in mid-May at a shindig in Davos, Switzerland, but Daimler had some new news for us in Berlin.

The stylish two-wheeler was first shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show but was whisked into limbo from there, presumably to end up a no-go along with several previous ideas from the traditionally cash-burning company. Instead, the scooter has gotten the green light and the United States is a key market for it.

To rehash the features of the silent plug-in runabout, a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack stored down low behind your feet supplies juice to a 4-kW (i.e. 5.4 horsepower) wheel-hub electric motor at the rear wheel. Top speed is listed at 45 km/h or 28 mph – a choice by Smart that allows the scooter to be driven on streets in many countries before one has a driver's license.
The scooter's plug-in socket is up front behind the smart emblem and, via a normal household connection, a full recharge takes three to five hours. The range spoken of is 100 km, or just over 60 miles.

The Smart scooter's frame is made from steel and aluminum and emulates the Smart ForTwo's tridion passenger cell in its strength properties and design. Beneath the seat, there is room for two scooter helmets, and the second seat – or 'pillion' seat – folds out and back from this single seat as needed, while the rear foot pegs emerge as part of the process. If an owner does not foresee having pillionites aboard, he or she can replace the seat with a luggage rack.

As with all Smart e-Mobility efforts, an owner benefits from complete smartphone integration. Mounting one's phone in the onboard holster between the handlebar grips, a suite of smart apps and connectivity opens up. Besides acting as speedometer and range indicator, the phone serves as a full-on navigation system, charge-point finder and, when away from the scooter, as a GPS tracking device if you've forgotten where you parked it. More apps will be revealed over time, we're sure.

With respect to safety, the Smart scooter includes an airbag, ABS stopping power, and Blind Spot Assist. Braking is controlled only by one lever on the right side of the handlebar which activates the front hydraulic disc brake. Once that occurs, the rear hub electric motor switches to generator duty and the rear brake is applied electrically. In the process, the lithium-ion pack recuperates energy. Energy regeneration also occurs via the discreet solar panels mounted at the front of the scooter. And there's also standard handlebar heating.

From what we were able to gather and calculate in our heads based on loose-lipped comments, the smart scooter will start at roughly $5,000-plus.

But why buy the cow when you can milk it, you ask? Smart indicates that its electric scooter will be an integral part of the Car2go subscription program that has been running in several European and North American cities (a number that is expected to grow to 30 cities by 2016). There's currently a Smart ForTwo Electric Drive fleet in San Diego and it has reportedly been a big success. Look for this new urban mobility lifestyle to hit several more cities in the U.S. by the scooter's 2014 on-sale (or lease) date.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Great looking design. It needs to hit 45mph in the USA though, or there will be lots of accidents and or angry motorists behind it.
      karmarind
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just got a 1988 Honda Elite 250. Looks like a small 30 mph scooter. Will top out about 75 and can cruise ALL day at 65, It is no scarier at 70 on the freeway than 160 on my Hayabusa. It gets 60 mpg in the real world. I got it from a woman whose husband had died. Google the Honda Elite 250. Tons of fun. Had 645 miles when I got it and now has 800. Have seen this same scooter with 30,000 miles and running fine.
      jibba.jones
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is stupid. $5K for this weak piece of junk? Americans don't want no pansy scooters. We want pickup trucks. Selling a scooter isn't SMART when American men need a full-size pickup just to carry our giant dongs. I even have the extended bed so mine actually fits in the back. We also need that towing capacity for our huge brass balls.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jibba.jones
        Another idiot with inadequate genitals.
          graphikzking
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I think he was being sarcastic. I agree - most americans believe that we need the biggest truck for carrying things. I personally just use the $20 truck rental at Lowes when I need to pickup stuff. And if you pick up anything expensive - you just talk to a manager and they take the $20 off your item essentially making it free. I understand this is for smart to go program - but $5,000 for this when you can just buy a cheapie scooter for $2500 and it would take you FOREVER to recoup the gas money since most of these get like 70+mpg.
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's all fun and games until you get T-boned by a Range Rover...
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ken
        so what would you like to be in when your t-boned by a range rover? A tank that's the only thing I could think of.
      gork
      • 2 Years Ago
      The airbag probably shoots out faster than the scooter's top speed.
      Al W
      • 2 Years Ago
      5k? no way.
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        @Al W
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      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Useless if you live outside the city. The range is encouraging for short errands etc. but if it can't do 45 mph I'd be risking my life every time I left the house.
        jj360
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        Outside this city?! 28 mph is useless on any thoroughfare in any city. "Smart" is the greatest oxymoron in the transportation industry.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jj360
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        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        keep in mind that is no wind or incline. Expect 35mph real world.
      RL
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is perfect to cruise around Pacific Beach, CA. Chicks WILL dig this.
      alkabong
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it ! Would like one too if they can keep the prices down.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks good.
      Space
      • 2 Years Ago
      if it's electric it should be moddable to make it go faster. I know my old razor e300 was and i could get it to go 25. lol
      lakmald84
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soo cute
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