This month automotive giant Daimler AG announced its plans to launch an electric scooter to market by 2014. The scooter will be part of the Smart brand family and is based on a concept displayed in the 2010 Paris Autoshow (see the video below). The stylish Smart electric scooter is powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a 4-kW (i.e. 5.4 horsepower) disc-shaped motor placed at the rear wheel.
Its top speed is about 28 mph, allowing riding without a driver’s license in many countries. Its battery range is about 100 km (about 60 miles). Judging from photos with the concept, it looks like the scooter might be able to be controlled with an iPhone.
Video: The Design Process of Smart Electric Scooter
The Smart electric scooter is part of an all-electric line of Smart vehicles that includes the Smart electric bicycle and the electric Smart car called Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. The Smart electric bike (bicycle) is already available in Europe and is coming to the United States soon—no official release date yet. See the video below with the official ad for Smart electric bike.
Video: Smart Electric Bike: Urban Mobility 2.0