Electric scooters are extremely popular right now. They offer a compact transportation solution for congested cities. They are also fun to use, eco-friendly and rather fast. In some cases reaching your job by e-scooter is actually faster than going by car. Now Audi decided to reinvent to good-ol’ electric scooter and presented e-tron Scooter – something between an electric skateboard and a scooter.
Audi e-tron Scooter is meant to be an ultimate fun means of micro-mobility. It can sit comfortably in the trunk of your car until you need to complete that last leg of your trip. e-tron Scooter can reach speeds of 20 km/h and travel for around 20 km. All of this, of course, depends on the way you drive and you will definitely want to drive fast so don’t expect to reach those promised 20 km. Thanks to the similarity of the scooter’s structure to electric longboards, it is very handy and reponsive to maneuver especially around tight corners. The 4 wheels also adds to the stability of the board. Dynamic properties of the scooter can be adjusted using a smartphone app via Bluetooth.
e-tron Scooter is not your usual traditional electric scooter. It has four big wheels, mounted on each corner of the platform. Both axles are moving, which means that e-tron Scooter is controlled by shifting weight. Audi says that it is a bit like controlling a surfboard or a longboard. But, of course, there is a single handle, which provides mobility and houses the accelerator, which is controlled by twisting the grip. A small display is also here, showing important battery information.
And so you could surf along the streets of your city, controlling your e-tron Scooter by leaning one way or the other. One of your hands would always be free to show turn signals and to complete other tasks. Audi says that e-tron Scooter reaches unprecedented levels of maneouvrability.
Thorsten Schrader, project manager for micro-mobility at Audi, said: “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.”
Audi e-tron Scooter has LED headlight, daytime running light, rear light and brake light. These greatly improve safety and are required by law. It also has double brakes – the first, used for most of the time, engages electric motors, which capture kinetic energy, put it back into the batteries and, of course, slow the scooter down. e-tron Scooter also has hydraulic brakes, which will be used to stop completely.
Audi e-tron Scooter has many advantages over the traditional e-scooter. It has four wheels, which makes it more stable. Unconventional handle and the wheel arrangement allow pulling the folded scooter as a luggage. e-tron Scooter weighs only 12 kg, but it is still nicer to drag it rather than carry it. Also, controlling it like a skateboard is more engaging and more fun.
But there are some bad news also. First of all, Audi e-tron Scooter will only come into market in 2020. It will also cost around 2000 euros – significantly more than other e-scooters, offering the same speed and range. But maybe engagement and fun are worth the premium price?