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VW joins the micromobility revolution with new e-scooters

07/03/2019
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You’d expect the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to be filled with the latest and greatest cars. And, it is! But it’s also being used by car manufacturers as a platform to launch their ‘micromobility’ products. In the case of Volkswagen, they’ve revealed two new e-scooters: the Streetmate and Cityskater.
The Streetmate and Citysmart are part of VW's move into micromobility

(Image via Volkswagen).


It’s part of Volkswagen’s plans to become ‘the electric mobility provider with the highest volume of such products worldwide’. The Streetmate has been designed for medium-distance commutes in urban environments

(Image via Volkswagen).

Streetmate

Designed to transform the way individuals commute in urban environments, the first of VW’s e-scooters is the Streetmate- a medium-range electric scooter which features a top speed of 45 km/h, a 2kW motor integrated into the rear wheel hub, a lithium ion battery with a rated capacity of 1.3 kWh and ABS brakes with regenerative braking capabilities.

For those of you feel particularly active, the seat can be folded away letting you ride the scooter in a standing position. Although with a 35km range on a full battery, that seat will come in handy for longer journeys.

As you’d expect in today’s market of fully connected vehicles, the Streetmate features a variety of tech including a 5.3-inch display in the middle of the handlebars which serves as a control centre. The Streetmate will also integrate to your smartphone with an app which tracks the scooter’s location and prevents unauthorised users from taking it. The Cityskater is designed to take you 'the last mile' from the car park to your destination

(Image via Volkswagen).

Cityskater

For those of you who prefer to drive to the city, but don’t want to walk that last mile from the car park to your destination- then VW’s Cityskater could be for you.

With two front wheels and a rear wheel, the Cityskater is unlike a conventional scooter. Steering is done via two footboards, making the experience of riding the Cityskater somewhat similar to skiing, with the rider being able to change direction by shifting their weight from leg to leg.

VW has designed the Cityskater to be fully foldable so that it will fit into the luggage compartment of most cars. Once you’ve got it out and set-up, VW promise you’ll get to your destination in no time thanks to the scooter’s top speed of 20 km/h, and lean angle of 22 degrees making cornering a breeze. It’s packed with an electric motor capable of a maximum output of 450 watts with the onboard lithium ion battery providing you with a range of approximately 15km.

The rise of micromobility

Aside from the usual array of high-end sports and luxury cars, the 2019 Geneva Motor Show has been notable for the large number of manufacturers who have unveiled micromobility products. It seems clear that micromobility will become an increasingly important product category in its own right in the years to come as consumers seek more environmentally friendly and convenient means of traversing urban environments.

What this also means is that there are likely to be new job opportunities for technical and engineering professionals to research, develop and manufacture this new breed of transport.

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