Audi has this week unveiled a new concept in the form of the Audi e-tron Scooter, combining an e-scooter with skateboard to provide a vehicle for the last mile commute and city living. Audi is hoping to take the new e-tron Scooter into production next year and start selling the scooter before the end of 2020.
The Audi e-tron Scooter Has been created to combine the advantages of an electric scooter and the convenience of a skateboard. Weighing just 12 kg the e-scooter can quickly be folded for convenient transportation and storage when required. Audi describes the ride and handling of the e-tron Scooter to “surfing waves”. Allowing the rider to have one hand free while still being able to control the scooter with ease.
“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. Although riders keep one hand on the handlebar, they control the scooter like a skateboard with their feet by shifting their weight. The movable axles with four wheels allow unusually tight curves. “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.”
Capable of providing a range of up to 12.5 miles or 20 km the electric scooter battery and electronics are housed in the steering handle and a display shows the battery status. When the Audi e-tron Scooter launches next year it is expected to be priced at around €2,000 with decks available either in wood or carbon and finishes in grey and black.
“The Audi e-tron Scooter is fitted with the legally required LED lights: a headlight, daytime running light, rear light and brake light. A Bluetooth interface permits individual adjustments to the ride characteristics and provides protection against theft.” Explains Audi in today’s press release.