Published on May 19th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan6
Electric Scooter from Smart — eScooter (Ooooh, Yeah!)
May 19th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
I’ve got a confession to make — I’m increasingly falling for scooters, especially electric ones (of course). I’ve even been getting into electric motorcycles (running into a previous student of mine the other day who now has two motorcycles after falling for them a couple years ago doesn’t help). I don’t know if I’ll ever live someplace where it’s practical/useful to buy a scooter, and I don’t do much non-necessary purchasing, but if I did, this one looks pretty sweet:
Mercedes’ Smart brand has had its starts and stumbles in the US market, but it’s finding a niche among the alternative transportation crowd that just wants to get around town and get in and out of a parking space with minimal cost and minimum hassle … just like America’s scooterists. Smart’s next move, then, seems like a clever one to me: they’re building a scooter.
Smart’s eScooter concept was first shown as an iPhone-driven electric concept at the 2010 Paris Show, when it seemed like a bit of an electric pipe-dream. Since then, however, Smart has become a real player in the electric vehicle business with a (perpetually late) electric version of its ForTwo city car and pedal-assist bicycles. With those baby-steps in mind, Smart seems well-equipped to build (and market!) the little eScoot.
When the concept debuted, Smart’s eScoot would hit 30 mph and go 60 miles on a full charge. Performance like that would put the little scoot on par with 50 cc scooters from companies like Honda and Genuine, which (Smart believes) will allow new riders to hop on without a specialized license.
Did someone say “rentals”?
Sure they did.
Expect to see something visually similar to the concept shown here within a year … possibly in Key West.
Source: Smart, via Gizmag.