The electric scooter is driven by a 4 kW disc-shaped wheel hub motor in the rear wheel, which transmits power directly to the rear wheel via a brushless direct current hub drive that smart says is clean and maintenance-free. Because full torque is available right from the start the escooter should be quick off the mark and able to easily outpace most cars when taking off from a set of traffic lights.
It can be charged at any standard household power socket within three to five hours via the charging socket at the front of the scooter hidden away underneath a hinged smart emblem, while the charger itself is integrated in the scooter. Additionally, solar cells on the front of the escooter help recharge the battery whenever the sun is shining. The scooter’s lithium-ion batteries are placed behind the paneling in the foot area and provide a low center of gravity and mass centering to improve agility and stability.
Because the frame of the escooter doesn’t only house technical components, such as the engine, battery or power electronics, there is plenty of additional storage space. Underneath the seat there is a lockable stowage space with enough room for both the driver’s and the pillion rider’s helmets.
Safety features include an anti-lock braking system (ABS) specially adapted for a two-wheeler and an airbag integrated in the paneling beneath the handlebars. Blind Spot Assist draws the rider’s attention to vehicles following close behind in the “blind spot” through the flashing of a triangular light in the rear-view mirror. The edges of the foot protection on the front paneling feature illuminated side markers that improve visibility from the side and also act as indicators.
The escooter also puts the rider’s smartphone front and center with a specially designed mount in the center of the handlebars. When a smartphone is placed in the mount it is fully linked with the scooter and serves as the vehicle’s control and communication center. The smartphone will act as a starter and immobilizer, with the escooter being rendered inoperable if the smartphone isn’t sitting in the mount – which begs the question as to what happens if you lose your phone.