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By Drew Johnson

With its global sales trending in the negative direction, Daimler’s Smart division is searching for new ways to improve sales. Two-wheel mobility could be part of that solution, with Smart testing the waters with its Paris-bound Escooter concept.

Drawing visual cues from the Smart ForTwo, the Escooter features a compact front section with an elongated tail, intended to give the two-wheeler a look of motion, even when it’s standing still. However, if you don’t like the Escooter’s body, that can easily be fixed, thanks to full interchangeable body panels.

Power for the Escooter is provided by a hub motor mounted in the bike’s rear wheel, good for 4kW (5.36 horsepower). As the Escooter was designed for urban environments, it doesn’t have a blazing top speed, topping out at just 28mph.

The Escooter uses a 48 volt lithium-ion battery pack, allowing for a range of 62 miles. Thanks to its smaller size, charging the Escooter isn’t an overnight affair, with a full charge possible in just 3-5 hours off a standard outlet.

Given the Escooter is intended as a forward-looking vehicle, it doesn’t come with a typical gauge cluster, instead relying on the rider’s smartphone to fill that role. The Escooter feature a smartphone dock between its handlebars, which -- when connected -- acts as the vehicle’s speedometer, battery meter and GPS system.

The Escooter also features ABS, Blind Spot Assist and heated handle bars, for those cool fall mornings.



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