Half scooter, half skateboard – all Audi e-tron.
Audi is famous for its concepts, but this one’s something a bit different. This is the Audi e-scooter, a vehicle designed for those on the move in big cities.
7 August, 2019
The e-scooter can accompany the user in the boot of the car, on the the buss or train and then be used to provide transportation
It’s not quite a skateboard and it’s more than just a scooter. This is the Audi e-scooter, a genuine member of the Audi e-tron family, but designed with a slightly different type of mobility in mind.
The e-scooter is Audi’s answer to the urban trend towards multi-modal mobility with a vehicle that can accompany the user in the boot of the car or even on the the buss or train and then be used to provide transportation for that ‘final mile’.
Weighing in at just 12kg, the Audi e-scooter is easy to transport and even folds down so that it can be pushed around like a trolley when not being ridden. Using a battery that provides up to 20 kilometres of range, acceleration of up to 20km/h is achieved with a twist grip on the handlebars, which houses the battery and provides a grip for one hand.
Steering is achieved through the movement of bodyweight on the actual deck, much like the motion required on a skateboard and the four wheels on movable axles allow the rider to ‘carve’ and gives the device considerable manoeuvrability.
The Audi e-scooter is fitted with the legally required LED lights – a headlight, daytime running light, rear light and brake light – and there’s a bluetooth interface that allows individual adjustments to the ride characteristics and provides protection against theft.
Of course, as functional as this vehicle is, there is still room for customisation, with decks in either wood or carbon and designs in grey and black.
On the technical side, in addition to being rechargeable, like the road-going Audi e-tron, the e-scooter is also able to recoup kinetic energy while being used, and a has a display on the handlebar column that shows battery status.
“With the Audi e-tron Scooter, we appeal to customers who are on the move in cities, sustainably and multi-modally – and for whom style and functionality are important,” says Thorsten Schrader, project manager for micro-mobility at Audi.
In addition to being rechargeable, like the road-going Audi e-tron, the e-scooter is also able to recoup kinetic energy
The Audi e-tron Scooter will go into series production and be on sale in Europe by the end of next year
“Of course the e-tron Scooter also moves straight ahead. But the feeling of flow only comes when you start carving on asphalt – and that is surprisingly easy with our new concept.”
But this is not just a design study but a vehicle that will see production and be offered for sale. Although no word at time of writing about its possible introduction Down Under, the Audi e-tron Scooter will go into series production and be on sale in Europe by the end of next year with an expected price tag of around 2000 Euros.
Its use in fleets for specific user groups, for example residents of modern urban quarters, is a possibility and a further option would be to offer the e-scooter as an extra to customers who buy Audi e-tron models. The e-scooter could be charged in the car boot through a dedicated socket, so that users can conveniently cover the last leg of the trip – for example from a parking space or charging point to their final destination.
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