Smart, the auto company created by the late founder of Swatch, Nicholas Hayek in associated with Daimler has now given the green signal when it comes to the world of two wheelers. The company may not have been successful in the four wheeler market but have recently confirmed the launch of their new all electric scooter which is expected to enter markets by 2014.
The vehicle was earlier previewed as an ‘escooter’ concept model in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show along with a pure electric ebike which has already gone on sale. Fortwo Electric also from the same company will enter markets in summer of 2012.
This new escooter which is slated for launch in 2014 will feature a disc shaped wheel hub in its rear wheel along with a lithium ion battery system and regenerative braking and will have output of 4 kW which will see the escooter speed upto 45 km per hour. The battery system will be able to charge from 0 to 100% in 3 to 5 hours from a standard 22v outlet. The company would have plenty of time to fine tune design and engine details before it is launched in the next two years.
News Release: smart will launch the escooter on the market in 2014. For smart, this is the next logical step in implementing its comprehensive concept for future urban mobility.
“The decision in favor of the escooter has been made,” announced Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, on the sidelines of the international dealer meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “With this step, we are adding a further important component to our smart mobility concept for urban mobility in the future,” he added.
Back in 2010, smart unveiled a comprehensive portfolio of electric products for urban transport at the Paris Motor Show. In addition to the smart fortwo electric drive as a coupé and a convertible, it includes the smart ebike and the escooter. smart is now consistently turning this concept into reality: the smart fortwo electric drive will be launched on the market in summer 2012, and delivery to customers of the first ebikes is just beginning. The fully electric escooter will be premiered within the next two years. The design of the escooter study is being developed and refined further. With its many innovative and trendsetting features, the new product will be unmistakably a genuine smart. Just like the ebike, the escooter will also be available for customers who (as yet) have no driver’s license for cars as a smart on two wheels.
“Anyone who thinks of urban mobility has to think of smart,” says Dr. Annette Winkler, the head of smart. “We offer the perfect zero-emissions vehicle for every requirement, and with our products, electric travel is a lot of fun too.”
A number of external studies and the awards that the brand has recently won illustrate how much the ideas from smart are in tune with today’s demands for individual urban mobility.
“We are especially proud that the ebike received the red dot award, and that our comprehensive mobility concept won the 2012 iF product design award,” Dr. Winkler added.
The judging panel for the red dot awards gave the coveted “best of the best” predicate to the series production version of the 2012 smart ebike. This year, the iF product design award, which has been internationally recognised since 1953, singled out the smart mobility concept, consisting of the smart electric drive, the smart ebike, and the smart escooter, as an excellent overall concept for urban mobility.