Unlike traditional scooter designs, the escooter’s motor is mounted in the hub of the rear wheel and the batteries and electronics systems are mounted into the frame. This allowed designers to create storage under the seat for a flip-up passenger seat as well as a helmet. The passenger footpegs are elegantly styled to resemble the profile of airplane wings.
Smartphone integration is an essential part of the escooter, says Smart. On the road, the rider’s phone acts as the escooter’s speedometre, navigation and dashboard with essential info like electric charge and range information. Pulling from the company’s long list of safety features, designers included ABS brakes, Blind Spot Assist and an airbag for the escooter.
Smart promises a top speed of 45 km/h and a maximum range of 100 kilometres. The lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in three to five hours. If there ever was an electric vehicle that made sense, the smart escooter concept is it.