Hyundai is Getting Into the Scooter Biz

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Hyundai is yet another car company getting in on the micromobility craze. If you haven’t seen Audi’s funky sidewalk-carving scooter yet, check it out here.

  • Hyundai Motor Group has developed a prototype of the electric scooter concept it presented at CES 2017, featuring updates such as rear-wheel drive and front-wheel suspension.
  • With its tri-fold design and light weight, the scooter is compact and relatively easy to carry.
  • Hyundai designed the scooter to integrate and charge in its Hyundai and Kia vehicles, but hasn’t announced when and if they will offer them as an option.

After presenting a concept for an electric scooter at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2017, Hyundai Motor Group has developed a prototype with enhanced features to provide “first and last mile” mobility for possible future integration into the company’s Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The first and last mile are usually the toughest and most expensive in getting to a destination due to traffic.

Compact design

Powered by a 10.5-Ah Lithium-ion battery and tipping the scales at just shy of 17 lbs, the scooter folds down into a relatively easy-to-tote package with its tri-fold design. It can go about 12.5 miles on a single charge, while reaching a top speed of almost 12.5 mph. Hyundai said it plans to install a regenerative braking system to increase range by 7%.

Fine-tuning the design from last year, Hyundai gave the scooter rear-wheel drive for safety, and added suspension to the front wheel for a smoother cruise around town. In addition, two very cool LED lights shine up front, along with two tail lights in back.

In contrast to Audi’s e-scooter that plugs into a socket in the trunk, Hyundai designed their scooter to mount into the vehicle and charge automatically from electricity produced while driving.

WHY THIS MATTERS

Bird and Lime ushered in the revolution of electric scooters with a renting model. But, for those who ride scooters frequently for personal and/or professional uses, buying one makes more financial sense. Bird already has that option.

Since automakers have established reputations in the mobility market, scooters developed by them could be perceived as more reliable and of higher quality, which could remove reservations about riding one. In addition, by integrating the scooter into its vehicles’ design, Hyundai makes riding a scooter convenient and easy. And, if it’s easy and convenient, not to mention more expedient, to jump on a scooter instead of taking a car to your destination, then more people will.


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