Smart has revealed plans for new two-wheeled concept in the form of a plug-in electric scooter at this month’s Paris motor show, as first reported by Autocar in July.
The new two wheeler, depicted here in a series of official sketches, is set to form part of Smart’s upcoming Paris motor show spread, which will also feature a lightly facelifted version of the Fortwo – the company’s sole model prior to the arrival of the reborn Forfour, which is to be built in Renault’s Slovakian production plant from 2012.
Described as a concept with a possible production future, the traditional-looking scooter is being evaluated as part of plans to significantly broaden the Smart line-up in coming years as parent company Mercedes-Benz moves to alter its focus from that of manufacturer of quirky-looking small cars to a company offering a wide variety of mobility solutions, including two-wheelers.
No official technical details have been released, but insiders say the Smart scooter uses a lithium-ion battery and is capable of travelling up to 60 miles on a single charge. It is also rumoured to use a specially adapted airbag to provide added protection for the rider in the case of an accident.
Not to be outdone by its German luxury car rival, BMW-owned Mini is also planning to reveal its take on the plug-in electric scooter theme at the Paris motor show with a trio of retro-styled two wheelers, each flaunting the same basic design overlaid with three individual trims, including one styled to resemble the Mini E.
As with the Smart scooter, Mini is not revealing much about its new concept until closer to its public debut on September 30 but does say it uses a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged by a retractable lead in the rear fairing.