If you live in a city, you’ve definitely noticed that everyone is using electric scooters now. These small means of transport are quick, extremely maneuverable and go inside with you whenever you need to charge them. Electric scooters became so popular that even car manufacturers are getting onto this trend. Hyundai has just introduced its idea of what an urban scooter should be.
Cities are becoming more and more overpopulated. City centres don’t want more cars. They cause traffic, pollution, noise and parking problems. This means that people will have to park their car away from their work and finish the last couple of kilometres by foot or using public transportation. Or some kind of mean of micromobility. And that is why car manufacturers are jumping on this trend – electric scooters easily fit in car trunks.
SEAT, Ford, Daimler, Toyota and many other manufacturers are presenting micro mobility solutions. Audi introduced a bit different solution – a hybrid between a scooter and a skateboard. And now it is time for Hyundai to bring out the concept that was first introduced in at CES 2017.
First thing that comes to mind – Hyundai’s e-scooter is tiny when folded. Usually scooters fold down pretty well – the steering column comes down to the platform, essentially reducing the amount of space it takes by half. Hyundai’s scooter is different in that it folds in three layers and has a telescopic handle bar column. This means that it becomes absolutely tiny when folded. It is also extremely lightweight, tipping the scales to 7.7 kg.
Compact dimensions make it easy for this scooter to fit in the trunk of the car and that’s by design. In the car the scooter is charged automatically using electricity produced while driving. It has 10.5 Ah lithium battery, which is enough for 20 km/h speed and 20 km distance. Although the prototype was front wheel drive, this scooter is rear wheel drive, because the rear wheel is always more loaded and can provide more traction and stability.
The new scooter is also quite stylish. It has stylishly-curved front LED headlights, and two rear tail lamps. A digital display shows battery status and speed, which makes it easy to switch between different modes and adjust your driving style to battery’s resource.
DongJin Hyun, Head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Team, said: “We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centers.”