Mercedes-Benz says it is to launch an e-scooter as part of an initiative to develop ‘sustainable concepts for many aspects of mobility’.
With the eScooter, Mercedes-Benz says it is bringing to the market an emission-free solution for those last few miles of a journey. Mercedes says the eScooter is designed to last and that the use of high-quality components and materials enables a mileage of over 5,000 kilometres. Thanks to its low weight and intuitive folding mechanism, the eScooter can be easily transported in the vehicle or taken on public transport, Mercedes claims.
The Mercedes-Benz eScooter is launching in collaboration with Swiss micro mobility specialists Micro Mobility Systems AG.
Mercedes says 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’.
The electric motor, with maximum 500 W power, quickly accelerates the eScooter to the 20 km/h permitted in Germany, and the 7.8 Ah battery gives a range of up to 25 km. The kickboard is wide and has a non-slip coating, with plenty of space for both feet. The eScooter has front and rear suspension and is fitted with 20 cm diameter rubber wheels that ‘effortlessly handle uneven surfaces like cobblestones’.
The retractable steering column is adjustable to the rider’s height and the ergonomically shaped handlebar features an accelerator on the right and brake on the left, plus an integrated bell. The centrally-mounted display shows the speed, battery level and riding mode at a glance.
For braking, the eScooter has a rear drum brake and a foot brake on the protective plate. The front and rear lights are suitable for use in road traffic, along with the side reflectors make it possible to ride any time, even in the dark.
A useful additional feature is the connectivity with the Micro app. The Mercedes-Benz eScooter connects via Bluetooth to the smartphone, which can be attached to a bracket on the handlebar. Valuable information provided to the driver with about speed, distance, travel time and battery charge status can be accessed via the app. The integrated navigation system also shows the shortest route to the destination on the display. In addition, various functions such as light or driving mode of the eScooter, can be managed directly via the app.
The eScooter has an intuitive folding mechanism, which can be operated with just a press of the foot. The handlebars also fold down for convenient transportation before riding those last few miles. This means that it will fit into even a small trunk and can be taken easily on any type of public transportation, as additional bonus with its light weight of around 13.5 kg.
The eScooter charges in around 3-3.5 hours using a standard domestic socket, and reaches 70% charge in just over two hours. Mercedes-Benz is also planning to offer a Bluetooth connection and a boot docking station in its vehicles, which will enable charging during the journey.
The Mercedes-Benz eScooter is approved for riding on public roads in Germany. The scooter meets all the necessary requirements, such as license plate bracket, identification plate and ABE [German general operating license], so the only thing the owner needs to obtain is statutory liability insurance.
No price details were released by Mercedes.
At a glance
- Mileage of over 5,000 kilometres
- Weight: approx. 13.5 kg
- Engine Output: nominal 250 watts, peak 500 watts
- Battery: 7.8 Ah, 36 V, 280 Wh
- Range: approx. 25 km Max.
- Speed: 20 km/h
- Charging time: 3 – 3.5 h
- Brakes: 3 (1 front and 2 rear)
- Lights: front and rear
- Suspension: front and rear
- Display: yes
- Available App: yes (Micro Mobility)
- Price: not yet known, but with that badge it won’t be cheap