Smart eScooterWed, 22 Sep 2010
Smart is the latest car manufacturer to present a sub-car commuter vehicle. The eScooter will be shown at the Paris motor show in concept form, but has been confirmed as part of Smart's future urban mobility strategy.
Like the Smart ForTwo, the eScooter uses a steel and aluminum frame with interchangeable plastic body finishers. Transparent knee fairings double as illuminated side-markers to increase visibility, one of many safety features, including Blind Spot Assist, which suggests that Smart is targeting current car drivers rather than seasoned riders through the brand's 'car2go' vehicle-sharing scheme.
Conventional dials are replaced by the rider's smart phone, which displays information such as speed and range.
A 4kW hub-mounted motor gives a top speed of 28mph (45km/h), while its 48-volt lithium-ion battery gives a range of up to 62 miles (100km).
With Smart's collaboration with Renault on its next generation of small vehicles, we're expecting to see yet more divergence from the classic 'car' paradigm.
Photo Gallery: Smart eScooter