With the purely electrically driven escooter, smart is presenting a further solution for intelligent urban mobility. The smart two-wheeler will have its world premiere at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, giving visitors an outlook at future zero-emission products from the smart brand.
In urban traffic, the electric scooter is an intelligent alternative to the car – with its superior manoeuvrability, exemplary comfort and pioneering safety features. The latter include an airbag, ABS anti-lock brake system and a Blind Spot Assist.
Dynamic driving fun – of course, emission-free
In addition to environmental sustainability, the smart escooter has a focus on driving fun: it is driven by a disc-shaped wheel hub motor in the rear wheel, which offers a powerful 4 kW despite its compact size.
The smart escooter has a top speed of 45 km/h, and the 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack gives it up to 100 kilometres of range. The escooter can be charged at any standard household power socket, within three to five hours.
The smart escooter is equipped with ultra-modern safety features such as ABS, an airbag integrated in the panelling beneath the handlebars, and Blind Spot Assist, which draws the rider’s attention to vehicles following close behind him that are not visible in the “blind spot” of the rear-view mirrors – extremely useful when changing lanes, for example.
To brake the smart escooter safely, just one touch suffices to retard both the front and rear wheel simultaneously. When the hydraulic disc brake at the front is actuated, an anti-lock braking system kicks in to ensure maximum braking effect even during emergency braking. The rear wheel is braked in parallel to the front wheel, though not mechanically but electrically. The motor becomes a generator whose resistance provides the required braking effect as the resulting energy is converted into electrical energy and stored in the scooter’s lithium-ion battery.
The smartphone plays a special role for the escooter, serving as the scooter’s control and communication centre. The rider simply places the smartphone in a specially-designed mount in the centre of the handlebars, which deactivates immobiliser and anti-theft protection, allowing the electric scooter to be started. The smartphone serves as the scooter’s speedometer, displays the range and battery charge levels, and acts as a navigation system. Should the rider ever forget where he parked his escooter, the “GPS Tracking” smartphone app can help him identify the position.