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Smart Explores Concept Electric Scooter

New Smart electric scooter seen as extending company's efforts to extend its brand into wider range of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Published: 12-Sep-2010

Smart is set to reveal a new electric-powered, single track vehicle at the Paris motor show in September, in what sources at parent company Mercedes-Benz describe as the first step in a newly established diversification plan for its stuggling city car division.

The new two-wheeler, which is said to take the form of a plug-in scooter, is being developed as part of a new broad-based mobility strategy aimed at taking Smart into market segments beyond that occupied by its newly facelifted Fortwo and an upcoming rear-engined,-rear-wheel-drive successor to its short-lived Forfour that's due to be launched in 2013.

"Smart was originally established to tackle the need for improved mobility, especially in congested city environments. Up to now we have concentrated our efforts on four-wheel solutions. The next stage is to looking at how to expand beyond this with other environmentally friendly vehicles,” a senior Mercedes-Benz official revealed to Autocar.

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