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Smart Pairs With Vectrix For 2014 Electric Scooter

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A few months back, after riding the Smart eBike, we concluded that it might actually be the best vehicle the company makes.

That makes the upcoming Smart electric scooter something worth waiting for--and to build it, the company is getting assistance from electric motorcycle experts Vectrix.

Smart's eScooter concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.

The clean styling, white and green paintwork and single-sided suspension arms on each wheel were eye-catching, but it was the electric drivetrain which really caught attention--particularly as German rival MINI unveiled its own electric scooter at the same show.

Smart has teased the concept at subsequent motor shows, but parent company Daimler reveals that Smart has struck a deal with Vectrix to develop the scooter.

“The smart scooter will be a true smart and we want to make it an icon of urban mobility – just like the smart fortwo," explained Dr. Annette Winkler, head of Smart.

Set to go on sale in 2014, Smart says the new scooter will "offer unique features seen for the first time in this vehicle category", and confirms the styling seen on the 2010 concept will be further refined before hitting the streets.

Winkler sees Vectrix as the ideal partner, having developed electric two-wheelers since 1996. "smart and Vectrix are both pioneers of electric mobility for the city," she explained.

No specification details have yet been revealed. The original concept used a 6-horsepower electric motor, with a top speed of 30mph. Range was quoted at 62 miles.

Would you buy a Smart eScooter for local use? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Cute scooter!

    A blend of the Smart concept and Vectrix's VX2 scooters would be exciting. The VX2 & concept share similar specs. http://vectrixeurope.com/vx-2
     
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  2. I agree with Brian, nicely done design! If I didn't have a motorcycle already, I would certainly consider this. I still will look into it, but I'm leaning toward a new motorcycle at this point. Would love for it to be an electric one, but at the current prices, one can get a stunning Ducati with performance far better than any electric motorcycle at this early stage. I'm long term optimistic about E-bikes and hope the Tesla-like innovators like Brammo, Zero, Moto Czysz, Mission Motors and Vectrix can hang in there for the tough early years of low sales and development.
     
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  3. Leaders lead. There must be simple reason that Damlier chooses Vectrix over others. I wonder what it is.......proven engineering, commitment to R and D, financial statement, prepping for acquisition, battery development, outstanding conservative management, effective management not controlled by finance people? Just dont know but I will get two, one as collectors item and one to use about town. All the best to ANG and the crew, congratulations !
     
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  4. I have run an electric scooter for 3 year's now and find it very useful but the range is better on the smart version.
    Their unique features seem to be mono struts front and back and the use of a smart phone as instruments. Piaggio already does mono struts on scooters and mine will run the same speed with an in wheel motor so nothing new there either. Having said that it would look nice next to my Smart Roadster.
     
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