Auto companies are starting to think of themselves as mobility service providers meeting the need for more than the traditional petroleum-powered cars and trucks. And electric-powered cars and trucks are only one example.
Here’s another: Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new eScooter, “bringing to the market an emission-free solution for those last few miles of the journey.”
The company says the device was designed “with one thing in mind: longevity. The use of high-quality components and materials enables a mileage of over 5,000 kilometers.”
However, “Thanks to its low weight and intuitive folding mechanism, the eScooter can be easily transported in the trunk or taken on public transport and scores top marks for range, safety and design.”
So, as city centers or other areas close to traditional vehicles, or for the short trip to the neighborhood coffee shop, Mercedes sees the eScooter as a way to travel from parking lot to destination while maintaining your Mercedes style.
The automaker developed the scooter with Swiss specialist Micro Mobility Systems AG. Therefore, Mercedes adds, the device “is stylish, strong and convenient. It enables the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer to meet the need that many customers have for flexible, individual mobility solutions, particularly in urban transport. That proverbial extra mile is where the Mercedes-Benz eScooter can fully unfold its potential… it corresponds perfectly to the modern urban lifestyle.”
The eScooter reportedly can travel at speeds up to 20 km/h (12.4 mph) with a range of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles). Mercedes says the suspension was designed to provide a smooth ride even on cobblestone surfaces.
The unit is equipped with a handlebar-controlled rear drum and a foot brake, with front and rear lights, and can be licensed for travel on public roads in Germany. It also has a Bluetooth connection for a smartphone.
Pricing was not announced.