Daimler, not to be out done by rival BMW’s new Mini Scooter E electric scooter concept, has unveiled ahead of the Paris Auto Show its own electric scooter concept. It is from the company’s smart brand and is called the smart escooter.
The smart escooter, according to Daimler, will have a top speed of 45 km/hr, with its power supplied by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. It is said that thanks to the battery’s capacity of 80 Ah the escooter will be able to hit a top range of around 100 kilometres. Like the Mini Scooter E, the smart electric scooter will be chargeable via any standard household power socket within three to five hours. The charging socket is stored at the front of the scooter underneath a hinged smart emblem, while the charger itself is integrated in the scooter.
In another similarity with the Mini electric scooter, the one from smart makes special use of a smartphone. According to Daimler it will, in fact, serve “as the scooter’s control and communication centre. Before starting the electric scooter, the rider simply places the smartphone in a specially-designed mount in the centre of the handlebars. So, it is fully linked with the smart escooter. At the same time, immobiliser and anti-theft protection are deactivated, allowing the electric scooter to be started.” A smartphone app specially made for this scooter allows the rider to use online services when making stops on the road as well as helping one remember where the scooter is parked if forgotten.