Smart’s current plan for reviving its fading sales is a Tesla-powered EV version of its Smart ForTwo, which the Daimler-owned firm hopes will keep its city cars moving until a new platform is jointly developed with Renault. Further down the road though, it seems that Smart is moving to expand out of cars, as Autocar reports that the brand is developing a plug-in electric scooter. A senior Mercedes-Benz source tells the British magazine that
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
Smart is developing the new scooter with several suppliers, and plans to build it at plants in China, India and Thailand if and when it is approved for production. And no wonder: Mercedes is moving downmarket with its next generation of front-drive A/B class vehicles based on the next ForTwo/ForFour platform. Smart’s only chance for success is in a “broad-based mobility strategy” that Mercedes cannot cannibalize. Driven into the EV scooter game, Smart will survive as a brand, but its time as a player in the four-wheel space may just be coming to a close.