Daimler AG’s microcar-making unit Smart GmbH plans to roll out its escooter product to the market in 2014. This was disclosed by Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars on the sidelines of the international dealer meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Mercedes-Benz and smart GmbH are both Daimler units.
Schmidt said the decision to launch the escooter in 2014 was an important step to implement its smart mobility concept for urban mobility in the future. The escooter was part of comprehensive portfolio of electric urban transport products that smart unveiled in the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The portfolio includes smart fortwo electric drive, both in coupé and convertible variants, the escooter, and the smart ebike. The company has begun delivering the first of the ebikes to customers and will roll out the fortwo electric drive this summer. When the company rolls out the escooter in 2014, the company would have turned the concept all into reality.
The company is currently developing and refining the design of the escooter, which will be installed with trendsetting features. Customers who have yet to secure driver’s license for cars could avail of the smart escooter and ebike. Dr. Annette Winkler, smart’s global head, wants the brand to become the namesake of urban mobility and perfect zero-emissions vehicle.
“Anyone who thinks of urban mobility has to think of smart,” says Dr. Annette Winkler, the head of smart. “We offer the perfect zero-emissions vehicle for every requirement, and with our products, electric travel is a lot of fun too.” “We are especially proud that the ebike received the red dot award, and that our comprehensive mobility concept won the 2012 iF product design award,” Dr. Winkler added.
With the way it utilizes the cutting-edge ergonomic principle, the new smart eScooter is sure to elicit an excellent first impression especially with the unconventional and individual design. It gives off that clear joie de vivre as it manages to present a surprising, yet fresh, aspect to urban traffic. The defining characteristic of the electric scooter’s design is how athletic and appealing the proportions are.
The front area for example appears compact and sorted especially when looked at on its side. The rear wheel meanwhile appears to look as if it had been placed away from its seat area and thus helps highlight the agility and the forward thrust. Highlighting the elegant and dynamic appearance further are the accentuated lines and complete surfaces, this is what the designers call as an “iconic” design.
That the eScooter has a cool look is highlighted by the lovingly crafted details which improve its trendy but high-value impact. This begins with the gentle paneling of the cockpit and all the way to the flush-fitted light in the rear.
The concept car though is not all about design as it offers excellent safety, great ease when it comes to handling, and sensible solutions. Looking at the supporting chassis structure of the eScooter, one will get a feeling of familiarity and this is no accident as this part is based on the tridion safety cell used on the smart fortwo. The frame is composed of aluminum and steel and has plastic body panels that are fully interchangeable.
The latter in particular, is another similarity the electric scooter has with the two-seater. There is a special feature on the eScooter -- the translucent, extensive, and long elements that are seen on the fringes of the foot protection, also known as front paneling. There are illuminated side markers which not only function as striking indicators but also help enhance visibility particularly form its side.
When it comes to “see and be seen,” the smart eScooter is able to differentiate itself with the use of advanced LED technology. LED is used in the front headlamps as well as in the brake light and the backlight.