The integrated e-scooter will enable last-mile mobility of the vehicle occupants
Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development of a new prototype on-board electric scooter, which it plans to feature on future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles, including Kia models. This new model is based on the initial concept that the company presented at CES 2017. The new e-scooter features rear-wheel drive, lithium battery and stylish front and rear lights, the company noted.
The latest concept e-scooter will enable first and last-mile mobility by integrating the scooter inside future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. When mounted in the vehicle, the scooter is charged automatically using electricity produced while driving.
The 2019 model of the foldable and lightweight, e-scooter is powered by a 10.5 Ah lithium battery that enables a range of 20 km, with a top speed of 20 km/h. The shift from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive has been undertaken to enhance safety and stability, as it positions weight near the rear, the company explained. Additionally, engineers have also added suspension to the front wheel to provide a smoother ride, even on rough surfaces.
The new e-scooter weighs about 7.7 kg, making it highly portable, while its compact tri-folding design ensures it is lighter and more compact than any similar product. In order to enhance its usability further, it features a digital display that shows battery status and speed. Furthermore, the upgraded e-scooter is equipped with two curved front LED headlights, and two rear tail lamps, to enable night-time riding. The Group also plans to install a regenerative braking system to increase the scooter’s range by another 7 %.
DongJin Hyun, Head, Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Team, said this is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter which could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. The company wants to make its customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible, he added. Hyun noted that the personal electric scooter makes first and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres.