Daimler AG has revealed its smart electric scooter which will be formally unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show next week.
The smart eScooter is driven by a disc-shaped wheel hub motor in the rear wheel, which offers a powerful 4 kW despite its compact size.
The smart eScooter has a top speed of 45 km/h (28mph) with range of more than 100 kilometers (60 miles).
The traction current is supplied by a state-of-the-art, 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack, which can be recharged from standard household current in 3-5 hours. The charging socket is stored at the front of the scooter underneath a hinged smart emblem, while the charger itself is integrated in the scooter.
The eScooter rides on 130/60 R13 tyre at the front, while its rear counterpart measures 140/65/R13. Its steel and aluminum frame is clad with interchangeable plastic body panels, painted white with green accents on the show vehicle. Headlamp, taillamp and brake light are equipped with LEDs.
In contrast to conventional scooters, the smart eScooter is equipped with ultra-modern safety features of a kind rarely seen even on modern motorcycles. These include an anti-lock braking system (ABS) specially adapted for a two-wheeler, an airbag integrated in the panelling beneath the handlebars, and Blind Spot Assist, which draws the rider’s attention to vehicles following close behind him that are not visible in the “blind spot” of the rear-view mirrors – extremely useful when changing lanes.
While the smart eScooter will debut as a concept, it has the possibility of being produced after the company evaluates consumer reaction at the show.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]