Hyundai wants the bike to be mounted on a vehicle when its not in use—doing so charges the scooter automatically using electricity produced while driving
McKinsey & Co. predicts that ‘Last Mile Mobility’ market in the US, Europe, and China is expected to grow to $500 Billion by 2030
While electric cars are proven to be eco-friendlier than their gas-powered counterparts, they do have the issue of range anxiety, as the availability of charging stations are still scarce not just in India, but in several parts of the world.
Hyundai Motor Group seems to be addressing the issue with a new prototype electric scooter. While initial concept of the scooter was presented by the South Korean carmaker at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, the new prototype boasts rear-wheel drive, a highly-capable lithium battery and stylish front and rear lights.
Hyundai wants the bike to be mounted on a vehicle when its not in use—doing so charges the scooter automatically using electricity produced while driving. If the user is stranded at point due to low battery, they can unmount the scooter and ride their way to the nearest charging station for help.
As mentioned before, the new prototype is a little different from initial concept. Hyundai says the transition from a front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive is key in enhancing safety and stability as it positions weight near the rear. Additionally, the Group’s engineers have added suspension to the front wheel to provide a smoother ride, even on rough surfaces.
The latest prototype of electric scooter features a 10.5Ah lithium battery that can power the scooter for around 20km on a single charge. This gives the scooter a top speed of 20kph. The scooter weighs around 7.7kg and has a unique tri-folding design. It also features a digital display that shows battery status and speed. For nighttime riding, the new scooter is equipped with two curved front LED headlights, and two rear tail lamps.
It is yet to be seen if the current EV line-up of Kia and Hyundai, including the Seltos and Venue compact SUVs, would be compatible with the scooter. Hyundai hasn't mentioned what it would require to make the scooter backwards compatible with its current offerings.
Looking at further potential development, Hyundai plans to install a regenerative braking system to increase the scooter’s range by 7%.
The ongoing efforts to provide customers with last mile transportation align with trends highlighted in research data by global consultancy, McKinsey & Company. It showed that the ‘Last Mile Mobility’ market in the US, Europe, and China is expected to grow to $500 Billion by 2030.
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