Seat Enters Scooter Market For Urban Mobility

Spanish carmaker Seat is planning a scooter mobility pilot test in a joint venture with electric personal transport innovator Segway.

It is considering Spanish cities with suitable infrastructure to implement an eXS scooter sharing scheme it hopes to roll out across the country.

The new Seat eXS powered by Segway is a micromobility solution for users who want to get around city environs without having to resort to cars. The scooter will make its first public appearance at the Smart City Expo World Congress being held in Barcelona from 13 to 15 November, where visitors will have the chance to take it for an exclusive test run.

The automaker claims its Easy Mobility strategy aims to build a product and service portfolio presenting new solutions in urban mobility.

Seat has reached a strategic agreement with Segway which, following its acquisition by transportation robotics start-up Ninebot in 2015, has launched several micro mobility solutions for the consumer market.

In this move, the Seat eXS features Segway’s electric technology built into the platform of its ES2 model. It boasts large 8-inch diameter wheels, to aid steering in broken uneven surfaces, plus suspension front and rear and its electric motor combination claims a top speed of 15mph. It comes equipped with front and rear LED lights, customizable ambient lighting, an LCD screen, cruise control and an anti-theft deterrent and an additional battery can be connected to increase its range to a maximum of 27 miles.

“We aim to make Seat a benchmark in micromobility. In this sense our aim is to ensure that everyone who lives in an urban setting is familiar with the options offered by Seat for getting around the city in an economical, sustainable, agile and fun way,” said product marketing director Lucas Casasnovas.

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

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