Trickling technology down from the Smart e-car concept, Smart has now released details of another form of electric zero-emission mobility, called th Smart escooter. The bike will debut at the Paris Show in a couple of weeks.
The eco-minded car company says its two-wheeled concept perpetuates the 'vision smart' philosophy of fun city driving by using up-to-the-minute technology. The Smart escooter also aims to be more in touch with younger road users by offering interactive smart phone compatibilities.
It features a smart phone interface on the 'dashboard' that stations phones such as the iPhone and then uses it as the bike's central communication display. The rider's phone is also used as an anti-theft device with the bike refusing to switch on until the phone is connected.
There's also a hint of safety with the new escooter as well, such as front and rear anti-lock brakes, a handlebar mounted airbag and Blind Spot Assist. The blind spot system alerts riders of other road users driving/riding in blind spot areas through the use of warning lights similar to those found on Mercedes-Benz motorcars, fitted with the same technology.
Propelling the bike is a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 80Ah which feeds current to a hub-mounted, 4kW electric motor. The battery pack can be recharged at any household power socket through a plug on the front stem of the bike. All this provides a gentle top speed of 45km/h and a range of 100 kilometres.
It's a very innovative design, too. Mounting the motor inside the hub allows the power to feed directly through the back wheel, rather than using power-sapping chains and other driveline components. It also makes it easier and cheaper during times of maintenance.
Although the bike's top speed isn't exactly going to blow the shirt of your back, it is the perfect mode of transport for those who live in dense city areas that just need to scoot short distances. It looks quite cool, too.