Berlin, Germany – The Smart electric ebike will be going into production, with sales scheduled to begin in Europe and North America in the first half of 2012.

A near-series version of the Smart ebike will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is being developed and built in cooperation with ebike manufacturer Grace, based near Berlin.

“The Smart ebike is a true Smart, but on two wheels,” said Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of Smart. “It’s not just an extremely well-designed bicycle that is sure to draw admiring glances in the city; it’s also really practical and child’s play to ride. Anyone can zip through town on it with or without exerting themselves, depending on their fitness level and as the mood takes them. And it’s even easier to find a parking space than with the Smart Fortwo.”

The ebike’s frame, battery housing, handlebars, lights and mudguards have been designed and developed specifically for Smart. It uses a lithium-ion battery housed on the lower bar in the frame triangle under a plastic housing and can be charged at a normal socket or while riding, as the wheel hub motor becomes a generator when the rider brakes.

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