Automotive giant Daimler has announced plans to bring its smart escooter electric concept to market by 2014.
“The decision in favor of the escooter has been made,” said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes-Benz Cars Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing at a dealer meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “With this step, we are adding a further important component to our smart mobility concept for urban mobility in the future.”
The smart escooter debuted at the Paris Motor Show alongside the a pedal/electric ebike prototype and the smart fortwo electric drive system. With the latest news of the escooter, now all three Paris concepts will come to production fruition. The first ebikes are already en route to customers and the electric drive system is slated for launch this summer in select smart car designs.
smart claims the electric scooter will premier “within the next two years.” The promised production date of 2014 is the only firm detail, as no hard data on the escooter specs are available. Instead electric disciples will have to settle for Daimler PR speak that “with its many innovative and trendsetting features, the new product will be unmistakably a genuine smart.”
Daimler officially committing to the electric two-wheeled market is big news. While some of the major motorcycle manufacturers have publicly stated intentions of bringing production electric designs to market, including Honda, KTM and BMW, there has yet to be a true mass production electric two-wheeler. A smart-branded electric scooter has potential for crossover appeal.
The 2010 Paris Motor Show also saw the relase an electric scooter concept from BMW’s MINI brand. The Scooter E has yet to develop into a production design, though BMW has consistently teased electric concepts – the latest being the Concept e.