The newest Mercedes is an electric scooter

Stand-up urban travel device also is street-legal in Germany

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Mercedes-Benz eScooter can be licensed for riding on public roads in Germany | Mercedes-Benz photos

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. 

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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.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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    • The price was not reported by Mercedes, nor was it on the Mercedes or Swiss company’s websites, though there was a price for an earlier version by the Swiss maker.

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