Daimler-owned Smart has revealed more plans for a plug-in electric scooter that it will debut at the Paris auto show.
Described as a concept with a possible production future, the traditional-looking scooter is being evaluated as a part of plans to significantly broaden the Smart lineup in coming years to broaden its appeal.
Smart released sketches of the new two-wheeler but no technical details.
Insiders say the Smart scooter uses a lithium-ion battery and is capable of traveling up to 60 miles (nearly 97km) on a single charge. The scooter is also rumored to use a specially adapted airbag to provide added protection for the rider in case of an accident.
Automotive News Europe's sister publication AutoWeek first reported the Smart scooter concept in July.
Smart's Paris display will also feature a lightly facelifted version of the ForTwo, the company's sole model until a reborn ForFour is launched in 2012
Smart rival Mini is also planning to reveal its take on plug-in electric scooters in Paris with a trio of retro-styled two-wheelers, each with the same basic design overlaid with three individual trims, including one that resembles the Mini E.
As with the Smart scooter, Mini is not revealing much about its new concept until closer to its public debut on Sept. 30, but the company did say that it uses a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged.
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