• smart escooter / Smart Elektroroller
  • smart escooter / Smart Elektroroller
  • smart escooter / Smart Elektroroller
  • smart escooter / Smart Elektroroller
  • smart escooter / Smart Elektroroller
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 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      And you thought everyone else's electric scooter looked kinda dorky.. ;D
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I'm sure plenty of people would rather have their nuts cut off than be seen riding it. But the same probably goes for their 4 wheeler. It will be interesting to see how the design holds up to public opinion in the time from concept to market.
      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont fancy the look of the headlight or see the sense in the the solar panel but I really do admire the design work and minimalist look of this machine.
      PeekOyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a clown bike
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeekOyle
        Perhaps a bit more white and a red nose would help :) It's funny, just 2 years ago I thought it was quite an outstanding effort as far styling went. But since it's going to be 2014 or 2015 before we actually see it, it's hard for me to make a call on the styling. Drooling over prototypes has become an unfulfilling pastime for me and I wonder if it would be more exciting to see them when they are actually available.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who's going to replace my iPhone speedo when it gets wet?
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would be suprised to that make it to production.
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          Oops Yeah English is my first language. suprised if it made it to production.
      mazdamattyp5
      • 2 Years Ago
      28mph and 60mile range? I'd rather have 45mph and 30mile range. Much more feasible
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mazdamattyp5
        I think most people would agree but it's aimed at people in areas where a car licence is all you need with the lower top speed.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans forget óne important factor: In Europe one must be at least 18 to be allowed to drive a car. From 16-on to 18 it's strictly 45km/h vehicles. I bet European teen girls will want one if they are approaching 16. No smell, no mess, and available in several fashionable colors. Probably easy swapped-out via the panel-system the Smart has.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      DarylMc Like you, I was thinking, who the hell would buy it? But then in those jurisdictions where it need no license at all, it may find customers with those disqualified drivers, or too young, or for other reasons unable to obtain a license.
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Marcopolo I actually really like it. It's my Model S of scooters:) Maybe it would look a bit less funky in black?
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          I am not sure about anywhere else in the world but I would imagine you need at least a car licence to drive it. The wheel motor sounds like it has plenty of power for this type of vehicle and if they were to make it available without the speed limiter I am sure some people would be happy to get some sort of motorcycle licence to ride it. When it comes to high performance vehicles my main experience has been on bikes rather than cars but scooters in general are a lot of fun to get around on, even with modest performance. A battery powered one even more so in my opinion.
          Marco Polo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          @ Maybe as a 'lifeboat' for 'grey nomads', in Winnebago's ?
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