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.