If you’ve been wanting to roll up in style with your own Benz, it might have just gotten quite a bit more affordable. Mercedes-Benz announced today the unveiling of their latest vehicle, which just happens to be a folding electric scooter creatively named the eScooter.
The scooter was produced via a partnership with the Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems AG.
Micro has been active in the micromobility space for years, and this isn’t even their first partnership with a German automotive company. Last year they worked with BMW to help that company create their own last-mile electric scooter.
But the model they’ve developed with Mercedes seems to be a bit stronger. It features a 500W peak rated hub motor in the front wheel, suspension in both wheels, and even packs in a 280Wh battery pack. While that’s not necessarily a chart-topping battery capacity in the e-bike world, it’s par for the course when it comes to last-mile electric scooters, and the company says it should be enough for a range of 25 km (15.5 miles).
The range is likely fine for last-mile use, but the 20 km/h (12 mph) top speed is going to leave a lot of riders begging for more.
The scooter is even fairly ruggedized, with the company claiming it should hold up to 5,000 km (3,000 miles) of use. Assuming it’s a true last-mile vehicle, 1,500 trips sounds pretty good for a vehicle that you could literally pick up and toss around. At 13.5 kg (29.7 lb), most people should be able to manhandle it into the trunk of their Mercedes-Benz EQS – eventually.
We haven’t heard any details yet from Mercedes about a release date or sticker price, but at least we can see the scooter in action in the company’s video, below.
Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only automotive company trying to slice off a piece of the piping hot micro-mobility pie right now.
Spanish automaker SEAT has also dabbled in smaller electric scooters and even worked with Barcelona-based Silence on faster 100 km/h (62 mph) seated electric scooters, while SKODA took things in a funky new direction with what can perhaps be described as a scooter-ish bicycle-inspired electric vehicle.
Suffice it to say that car companies are trying to figure out any possible way to take a swing at the electric scooter and e-bike market, even if they occasionally whiff on the attempt.
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Author: Micah Toll