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Electric Scooter Concepts Earn Some Floor Space In Paris

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On: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 4:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


Electric Scooter Concepts Earn Some Floor Space In Paris

For the most part, all of our attention on the upcoming Paris Motor Show has focused on supercar releases from the likes of Lamborghini and Lotus, as well as some dynamic concepts and hybrid vehicles. However, there promises to be something for those that feel all cars--no matter how green--are dangerous to the environment. Smart and Mini have detailed plans for electric scooter concept debuts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Smart's scooter concept is said to be concept only for now, but could foreshadow a possible production model. Given its basic, traditional looks, it definitely appears to be more of a serious concept than a wild, conceptual fantasy. While Smart has yet to provide the official details, rumors indicate that the scooter will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and will be capable of distances up to 60 miles--which should be more than enough for the average scooter driver. The concept is a plug-in electric and is said to feature a purpose-built air bag as a added protection to the driver.

The concept comes at a time when Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand Smart beyond a one-trick pony offering only the polarizing ForTwo commuter to a manufacturer that offers a more diverse lines of small, eco-friendly vehicles. We expect that a production model based on this concept will be in Smart's near future.

Smart's rival Mini also revealed several electric scooter concepts that it will debut in Paris. The model is a more retro-influenced and colorful two-wheeler that also relies on lithium-ion power. It plugs in via a plug in the rear fairing. Mini will actually show three individual scooters based on the same design. Each will feature a different level of trim. Mini didn't provide any further details on its scooters, and so far, there's no indication of whether Mini will be looking into production.

Smart posted pictures of the yellow scooter concept on its Facebook page and referred to it as the "electric vision of the future as urban mobility."

There's nothing to shocking or revolutionary about either concept, but it looks like the electric scooter market could grow in the future. So, scooter lovers, what do you think? Do you like either design, or would you rather ride something that's already on the market?


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