Mercedes-Benz has developed a new sustainable concept to cover a gap in mobility needs of professionals worldwide — called the eScooter — designed to take transiting workers the "last mile" from the car to the office, according to a recent blog post on the company's website.
Mercedes-Benz unveils eScooter to take X the 'last mile' to work
Mercedes-Benz is working to meet the needs of a widening range of target all-electric mobility vehicles — form smart EQ for city environs to the EQV people carrier and the EQC — a new take on the SUV. But the eScooter aims to take the manufacturer a step further — bringing an emission-free vehicle to market to help consumers in the "last mile" of any journey.
Mercedes-Benz's eScooter "was designed with one thing in mind: longevity," read the website. The company used high-quality materials and components to offer a mileage of more than 3,100 miles (roughly 5,000 kilometers) — and the eScooter's low weight and simple folding mechanism make for a trunk- and public transport-ready stop-gap for increasing human range without sacrificing design or safety.
eScooter offers 'emission-free micro-mobility,' improves air quality
Mercedes-Benz is launching the eScooter in collaboration with Swiss micro-mobility specialists at Micro Mobility Systems AG — to meet the Stuttgart, Germany-based automotive manufacturer's needs in an urban transport-intensive and individual-first market.
"Emission-free micro-mobility is a valuable component on the way to livable cities with an intelligent traffic mix and thus supports improving air quality," read the company's post.
eScooter supports 500 W, 15.5-mile range
Unlike bicycles or e-bikes, the eScooter is a small and contained package — removing the burden larger alternatives might pose on other people.
"The elegant black design, with Mercedes-Benz and Micro co-branding on the steering column, appeals to aesthetes who want to stand out from the crowd and use a product that has been thought through in detail," read the post.
The eScooter's electric motor uses a maximum of 500 W of power, and can rapidly accelerate to the 12.42 mph (20 km/h) speed limit in Germany — with a 7.8 Amp-hour (Ah) battery offering a range up to 15.5 miles (25 km).
Wide Kickboard, extra foot-space, all-electric revolution
Mercedes-Benz' eScooter features a wide kickboard coated in non-slip material — and is designed to provide plenty of space for both feet. The vehicle also comes with 7.8-inch (20-cm) diameter rubber wheels on the front and rear suspension — to allow optimal motion over uneven surfaces — like cobblestones.
As all-electric fever begins to transform the fossil-fuel smog of the 20th century into something more sustainable, Mercedes-Benz and Micro Mobility Systems have joined and released the eScooter to carry all-electric enthusiasts the "last mile" from their main vehicle to the final destination.