Every automaker can sell electric scooter as a last mile solution, but it appears that only Hyundai Motor Group may have a truly integrated solution by boldly proposing an electric scooter that comes with its motor vehicles. When I said “comes with its motor vehicles,” I do mean it has a dedicated storage and charging receptacle integrated into the automobile. Now, that’s forward thinking!
Simply called Personal Electric Scooter, this onboard scooter could be featured on future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles to serve as a last mile mobility. Personal Electric Scooter is tri-folding and lightweight, weighing just 7.7 kilograms (roughly 17 lbs). Its onboard electric motor, which tops out at 20 kph or about 12.4 mph, is fed by a 10.5 Ah lithium battery that is good for around 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of range.
This proposition is not new, though. Hyundai have had, in 2017, put forth a similar concept. The new proposed model is rear-wheel driven, however, and further boasts “stylish” curved front and rear lights, a suspension seamlessly integrated into the front stock, and a digital display with information of key parameters like battery and speed. It has no regenerative braking, yet, though.
However, Hyundai said it plans to include regenerative braking system that would increase the scooter’s range by 7 percent. Hyundai Motor Group’s Personal Electric Scooter is developed in responses to a growing trend in major markets for “Last Mile Mobility” which, according to global consultancy, McKinsey & Company, will be worth 500 billion USD by 2030.
The main take away here with Hyundai’s proposition is, it wants this “last mile mobility” to be part of your main motor vehicle rather than a made by others vehicle that you just dump in the trunk. That is a commendable afford, if we may say so. Anyhow, we have reason to believe it will either be “equipped” with a hybrid or an electric model, since Hyundai Personal Electric Scooter is designed to be “charged automatically using electricity produced while driving.” Don’t you just love integration?
All images courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.