Smart E-Scooter concept (2010) first design sketches

Published: 09 September 2010

These sketches are our first glimpse at the potential future of Smart. Called the E-Scooter, it's a concept that will be unveiled at the 2010 Paris motor show.

So is Smart abandoning cars like the Fortwo to just build Scooters?

No, not a bit of it – there are, in fact, more cars coming too as well. The recent Daimler alliance with Renault-Nissan will see the next Fortwo twinned with the third-gen Twingo (meaning the French city car goes rear-wheel drive), and the Forfour is set for a comeback as well.

But as well as expanding its range of cars, Smart is also looking at the other end of the market. And because a four-wheeled vehicle can’t get much smaller than the Fortwo, Smart has turned to two wheels.

We’ll see the E-Scooter in the metal at the Paris motor show, but in the meantime we hear the lithium-ion battery will give it a zero-emissions range of 62 miles. Smart is also promising ‘extra-ordinary safety features’ so expect the E-Scooter concept to have an airbag as well.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy

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