Hyundai Focuses on In-Car EV Scooter

Hyundai has once again shifted its gaze onto the burgeoning electric scooter market with the development of a new prototype to work in concert with its cars.

Following on from its original concept unveiled at CES 2017, the automaker has created a new model boasting rear-wheel drive, a lithium battery pack claiming a 12.4mile range and front and rear lights. Its 10.5 Ah lithium-ion battery enables a top speed of more than 12mph. It weighs just 7.7kg to ease carrying when not being used as does its tri-folding design. It also features a digital display that shows battery status and speed. The carmaker also says it intends to fit a regenerative braking system to increase the scooter’s range by 7%.

It envisages the scooters forming a first- and last-mile mobility solution to be integrated into future Hyundai and Kia branded vehicles. When mounted inside a vehicle, the scooter is charged automatically through the car’s existing powertrain.

It says the shift from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive improves stability because it places weight towards the back of the scooter. Suspension has also been added to the front wheel to provide a smoother ride on rough surfaces.

DongJin Hyun, head of Hyundai’s robotics team, said: “We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

 


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