Seat Finally Ready to Market e-Scooter

After much pre-launch teasing, Seat has finally unveiled it’s e-Scooter mobility solution for the urban environment.

The wraps came off the machine at the Smart City Expo World Congress in the carmakers home town of Barcelona as part of a triple mobility strategic push including the creation of a new strategic business unit, Seat Urban Mobility, and the presentation of its new e-Kickscooter concept.

Its first fully-electric e-Scooter is equipped with a 7kW motor with a peak rate of 13bhp, equivalent to 125cc ICE powered bike, claiming engine torque of 117ft-lbs. The scooter boasts a top speed of 62mph and acceleration from standstill to accelerate to 31mph in 3.8 seconds. A single charge is said to deliver a range of 71 miles, according to WMTC test results.

The battery can be removed and charged at home or public charging stations and has enough storage space for two helmets beneath the seat. It is also connected and users can track its battery charge level or location via a mobile app. The machine is built in collaboration with scooter manufacturer Silence and Seat said it will be market ready next year.

Head of urban mobility at Seat, Lucas Casasnovas, said: “We aim to become an ally for cities and the Seat e-Scooter concept is the answer to public demand for a more agile mobility.”

At the same time the automaker presented a concept of its new generation e-Kickscooter featuring a range of up to 40 miles, with two independent brake systems and a much higher capacity battery that reaches 551Wh. Sales of the current version, the Seat EXS presented in 2018, have totaled more than 10,000 units.

Its new new business unit will integrate all the product, service and platform-based mobility solutions and is set to market launch the e-Scooter next year. The new e-Kickscooter concept will also be included in this unit and complements the portfolio that began with the Seat EXS in 2018. The range of products is designed for private consumers as well as fleets and sharing services.

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

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