There are a number of last-mile transportation solutions available these days, all thanks to the dozens of companies that provide ride-sharing services. But still, many other companies are coming up with their own products meant for this segment.
On Monday (August 5), Audi announced a new micro-mobility offering known as the e-tron Scooter. Its first attempt at electric vehicles is a concept electric scooter that you can ride like a skateboard. Sounds astounding!!
Almost every electric kickscooters we have seen follow the same basic design blueprint. They have two wheels, a deck that houses a battery pack, a motor, and a T-shaped handlebar column. But the Audi e-tron Scooter stands out thanks to its handling, which is like surfing waves.
Meant for sporty riders who are always on the move in the city, the e-tron Scooter has a handle like an electric scooter but a deck like an electric skateboard.
The four-wheeled rideable packs a battery and electronics in the steering handle. It has a range of around 12.5 miles (20 km) and can hit a maximum speed of 12.5 mph. The battery can be charged in a variety of ways, including by using a dedicated socket fitted inside the car’s trunk.
Besides, the 26 lb (11.8 kg) e-scooter has a display integrated on the handlebar that shows battery level status, and acceleration and braking are achieved by twisting the handle’s grip. The hydraulic foot brake provides additional safety, and the deck will come in either wood or carbon.
Both hands can be placed on the triangular steering handle, but the design also allows for one-handed operation so riders can use the other hand to give hand signals.
Along with all these features, Audi’s electric scooter also comes equipped with LED lights, shaping up like a headlight, daytime running light, rear light, and brake light. The Bluetooth ready scooter will also allow for anti-theft measures and parameter tweaking through an app.
Well, it is just a concept for the moment, and Audi plans to release the scooter in late 2020 for around €2,000 (approximately $2,240).