STUTTGART, Germany - Daimler's microcar branch, smart, is teaming up with electric-scooter company Vectrix to produce an e-scooter the partnership will launch in 2014.
In a prepared statement, Daimler said that the the new electric smart scooter will offer unique features seen for the first time in the category. The e-scooter will join smart portfolio of electrically-driven vehicles for short, medium and long distances of up to about 87 miles.
“Smart and Vectrix are both pioneers of electric mobility for the city”, said Annette Winkler, chief executive of smart. “The smart scooter will be a true smart and we want to make it an icon of urban mobility – just like the smart fortwo.”
Smart's e-lineup currently includes the fortwo and e-bike, it's hybrid electric bicycle.
Vectrix has operated in the electric scooter market since launching in 1996. However, Vectrix Corp. entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. At the time, a new company, New Vectrix LLC, purchased the company's assets for $5 million and relaunched the brand the following year.
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