With the unveiling of the Audi e-tron scooter, the company is joining an increasingly long line of automakers that are venturing into the electric micro-mobility field. Unlike many of the other companies, however, Audi is blazing a new trail with the half-skateboard, half-scooter combo. The e-tron’s handle looks like a scooter but the deck and tires remind you of popular electric skateboards. According to the manufacturers, e-tron is specially designed for sporty riders and the aim is to combine the advantages of the electric scooter and the skateboard.
The scooter’s handlebar is intended for gripping with one hand. The manufacturers claim this design would give riders the freedom to signal to pedestrians and other road users. This, according to them, can make riding on the scooter safer for everyone. Although there are concerns about balance, it is hoped that the skateboard-like movement of the scooter would make it safe to ride even while gripping it with only one hand.
Ride like a surfer
According to Audi, the riding style of the skateboard-scooter combo is quite similar to surfing waves. If you are an expert surfer, you may even ride the scooter without gripping the handle. However, the handle makes riding easy for users who are not experts at surfing. In the words of a spokesperson from Audi, “the Audi e-tron Scooter stands out, thanks to its handling, which is like surfing waves. The rider has one hand free, and so is able to look around and give hand signals.”
Functional and portable design
At 26 pounds, the Audi e-tron scooter has a comparable weight with many electric skateboards. This ensures it’s not difficult to move about whenever you need to do so. To make it even more portable, the design of the scooter is such that you can fold and pull it like a trolley. If your commute requires a train or bus ride, you’ll have no trouble carrying your scooter along, literally.
Packed with safety features
When manufacturing any personal transportation device, the safety of users is of utmost importance. The Audi e-tron scooter is packed with numerous safety features that can help protect riders from accidents. For one thing, the scooter can’t go faster than 12.5 mph. While this may be sad news for last-minute commuters and others who love a rush of adrenaline, the top speed is reasonable enough as it ensures you’re in perfect control of your scooter at all times.
Furthermore, the scooter comes with regenerative braking technology as well as LED lights on its front and rear: daytime running light, headlight, brake light, and rear light. All these lights make riders visible to all road-users, especially at night.
A scooter with smart features
The Audi e-tron scooter can be connected to a smart device via Bluetooth. The applications of the smart feature range from protecting against theft to adjusting ride characteristics.
The Audi e-tron Scooter will be up for sale towards the end of 2020. Early reports reveal that the scooter could cost about $2,225.