Mercedes-Benz has fully immersed itself in developing sustainable concepts for aspects of mobility and this time they have tried to find a solution for the first and last mile of a journey. The automotive behemoth has teamed up with Swiss micro mobility specialists Micro Mobility Systems AG to create the Mercedes-Benz eScooter.
Now the press release goes into a lot of detail about how users can enjoy it on the last mile and how it corresponds to the modern lifestyle but the real meat of it comes down to the specs.
The eScooter has a 7.8 Ah battery mated to an electric motor with a peak of 500 W allowing the rider to reach the limited 20km/h for up to 25km. The frame is black with Mercedes-Benz and Micro co-branding on the steering column. It has a wide kick plate with non slip coating and is fitted with 20 cm rubber wheels, said to make it easier to ride over cobblestones. Getting the 13.5kg scooter to stop is done by the rear drum brake and a footbrake to further add friction.
It is a folding design with a retractable steering column whilst on the handlebars, there is a centrally mounted display that shows the speed, battery level and riding mode at a glance as well as having front and rear lights with side reflectors for use at night.
With apps now able to control car features, the same can be done with the eScooter – the Micro app can provide information such as speed, distance, travel time, battery charge status, riding modes, lights as well as navigation with the app providing the shortest possible route to get to your destination.
The eScooter charges in around 3-3.5 hours using a standard domestic socket, and reaches 70% charge in just over two hours. Mercedes plans to offer a Bluetooth connection and a boot docking station allowing drivers to charge as they drive.
As scooters are allowed on public roads in Germany, the eScooter has a number plate bracket and meets all the necessary requirements, such as identification plate and ABE [German general operating license], so the only thing the owner needs to obtain is statutory liability insurance, which makes it feel a lot more like a personal vehicle than a toy.
There is no word on pricing and launch date as of yet or even if it will be available in the UK, but it is interesting to see large automotive manufacturers thinking about the final miles from a parking space.