2010 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Smart will display its new eScooter at the Paris auto show.
- Battery-powered scooter emits no exhaust, has a range of more than 60 miles and a top speed of 28 mph.
- It also has an airbag, and can carry up to two passengers.
PARIS — The Smart eScooter is being touted by parent Daimler as a concept embracing "intelligent urban mobility" and it fulfills that function in some intriguing ways.
To be formally unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the battery-powered eScooter emits no exhaust, has a range of more than 60 miles and a top speed of 28 mph. But the real story is in the technical details.
Daimler has integrated advanced safety and telecom technology into the eScooter, which is designed for one or two persons.
An airbag is integrated into the paneling beneath the handlebars, and the eScooter has been fitted with antilock brakes and blind-spot assist.
A tech feature that is likely to appeal to the target audience — younger consumers who don't yet have a regular driver's license — is the integration, via a Smart drive kit app, of smartphones into the eScooter. The smartphone is held in a specially designed cradle in the center of the handlebars and, via the app, is linked to the eScooter, providing such functions as speedometer, range indicator and even a navigation system.
The eScooter is powered by a tiny 4kW electric motor embedded in the rear wheel hub. A lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged from standard household current in 3-5 hours.
There are other clever touches as well. The battery charger is integrated into the front paneling. There is ample stowage for two helmets, as well as a swing-out seat for the second rider. A remote-controlled handlebar heater will be much appreciated on cold winter days.
The eScooter rides on 13-inch tires and 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.
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