With a new e-scooter concept, Audi has said it is responding to the urban trend towards multi-modal mobility.
Audi said that the e-tron Scooter, combines the advantages of the electric scooter and the skateboard, and is designed for sporty riders.
The e-tron Scooter weighs twelve kilograms (26 pounds) and allows the rider to look around and give hand signals due to the handling which lets them ride with one hand free.
Audi said in its recent press release that the steering handle gives stability, holds the battery and the electronics, and carries a display showing the battery status. Riders accelerate and brake by means of a twist grip. The range of 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) is achieved through recuperation when the e-scooter brakes, i.e. it recovers kinetic energy. The hydraulic foot brake provides additional safety.
At the end of 2020, private customers will be able to buy the Audi e-tron Scooter for about €2,000. Its use in fleets for specific user groups, for example residents of modern urban quarters, is also a possibility. 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 trunk through a dedicated socket. Users can conveniently cover the last yards, for example from a parking space or charging point to their destination, at a speed of up to 20 kmh (12.5 mph).
The Audi e-tron Scooter is also 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. Furthermore, the designers work on decks either in wood or carbon and designs in grey and black.