Electric Scooters at Paris 2010
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Electric Scooters at Paris 2010

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-A bit of a counterintuitive trend at the Paris Auto Show was the big presence of electric scooters. First here is the Mini Scooter E. A concept from Mini that has a smartphone dock which functions as the way you turn it on, the GPS nav, the media center, the hands-free communications rig 'cause smartphones do all that. It will also let you know when other Scooter E drivers are near you, even flash its lights at them when you pass. 3 styling versions have been mocked up all distinctly retro in that mini way. Expect 50 or 60 miles on a charge that takes maybe 4 hours to do. Over at Smart, they too, were on the eScooter bandwagon with this concept. It looks more stylish than funky. Could be branded as the 401 when it comes out, get it? Also a concept though, its envision is doing 62 miles on a charge. But like the Mini, it wont' go highway speeds. This is an around-city vehicle. The Smart would have blind spot detection, solar cells for trickle charging, and even an airbag. And if you think these 2 companies are nuts. Know that Renault, Honda, Peugeot are among the other companies that have eScooters planned as well.

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