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Smart All-Electric Escooter Concept Revealed Ahead Of 2010 Paris Auto Show

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Last year BMW rolled out its C1-E Concept, an all-electric scooter that represented the automaker’s vision of what a safe, environmentally-friendly and highly practical single track vehicle for city traffic could look like.

Now BMW’s closest rival, Mercedes-Benz, through its Smart car division, is retaliating with its own electric scooter concept that will debut at next week’s 2010 Paris Auto Show alongside a similar model from MINI that we saw yesterday. The move is part of a greater plan to diversify Mercedes’ city-car division and hopefully build a presence in what could one day be one of the most hotly contested segments in the world.

The new concept, dubbed the Escooter, features two wheels on a single track and plug-in capability, which means users can simply charge up the scooter in their own homes. It is driven by a disc-shaped wheel hub motor in the rear wheel, which offers a total of 6 horsepower. The brushless direct current hub drive transmits its power directly to the rear wheel and is maintenance free. Top speed is around 30 mph, enough for urban commutes but far short of highway necessities. Total driving range is 62 miles on a single charge of the scooter’s lithium-ion battery.

To brake the Escooter safely, just one touch is enough to slow both the front and rear wheels simultaneously. When the hydraulic disc brake at the front is actuated, an anti-lock braking system kicks in. At the rear the electric motor switches into regenerative mode whenever the brake is applied, slowing the wheel and converting the kinetic energy into electrical energy to top up the battery. Further charge comes from an array of solar cells at the front.

The Smart brand was originally established to tackle the need for improved mobility, especially in congested city environments. However, up to now it has concentrated its efforts on four-wheel solutions. The next stage is to look at how to expand beyond this with other environmentally friendly vehicles, such as the Escooter.

Other models Mercedes-Benz is expected to launch through its Smart car division in coming years includes an all-electric Fortwo, as well as a new rear-wheel drive successor to the original Forfour four-door model.

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Comments (9)
  1. and more marketing scam to come:
    - foldable SMART mini-scooter presented
    - look we have all electric wipers
    Folks- the only real challenge is to bring the car to the market Nicolaus Hajek has dreamed about!
    amart saving energy - affordable and zero emission!
     
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  2. gosh, i would love to see electric motorcycles. if nothing else, it would get rid of all that obnoxious noise that they like to spew onto the rest of the population.
    plus in very congested areas, cars may not be practical. we need to get out of this usa-only mindset.
     
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  3. I have owned 4 motorcycles and BMW does not address side impact leg protection shown in the photos above. A safety cell and roll-over bar are mentioned though I would like to see these in action before they go into production. An opaque louvered roof with solar cells might also be a good idea to power a cooling/heating fan and/or seat while sitting in traffic.
     
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  4. It needs to have a removable ["hot swappable"] battery like the PGO E-BuBu scooter and the Econogo Yogo scooter.
     
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  5. Looks like every other scooter on the market to me. It doesn't have the testosterone that a motorcycle does.
     
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  6. Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.
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    marqthompson
    New Rolls Royce
     
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  7. 6 HP? Is that right? Most current electric scooters have fractional HP motors, 750W = 1 HP, and a lot of the scooters are below 1000W. So if they put a 6 HP (4500W) motor, these things will certainly get up and go, but also limit their range if people jack rabbit start with these things. The 30 MPH would have to be electronically limited because that 6 HP on these things would easily do 50-60 MPH.
     
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  8. @ Eletruk - I think that performance estimation is a little overestimated - lower powered 125cc four-stroke motorcycles with around 9/10 horsepower only just hit 60mph, so 6 horsepower would realistically only get 40-45mph at the most. Still, you're right - I expect it'd be limited, just as 50cc mopeds tend to be (at least in Europe).
    @ Gerfried Cebrat - I seem to remember Mr Hayek's vision was of a hybrid gasoline-electric Smart. By bringing out a full EV with the Smart Electric Drive, they've already surpassed his original dream.
     
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  9. As name suggests its too smart Electric scooter may i know its cost...
     
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