- Audi is releasing an electric scooter that combines the handlebar function of a scooter with the rider positioning of a skateboard.
- Its one-handed operation means riders can look around and signal their intentions to pedestrians and motorists, potentially making the vehicle safer to ride.
- Audi says it will offer the e-tron Scooter for sale in late 2020.
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Audi is exploring the urban electric micro-mobility trend with a sleek new offering.
It has developed what it calls the Audi e-tron scooter, which is intended to be a cross between a scooter and skateboard, the company announced on Monday. While there’s a handlebar intended to be held with one hand like a scooter, riders control it by shifting their weight like a skateboard.
Audi says it will offer the e-tron Scooter for sale in late 2020.
The announcement comes almost a year after the German company unveiled its fully-electric SUV, which also uses the e-tron naming scheme.
Audi says it is considering offering the scooter as an extra option for customers who purchase the e-tron car models. Owners would be able to charge the scooter through a socket in the rear hatch of the car, allowing them to park and then ride the scooter to their ultimate destination.
The company is also exploring the idea of offering it to specific user groups, like “residents of modern urban quarters.”
Customers will be able to purchase the e-scooter at the end of 2020 for about 2,000 euros, or about $US2,246.20.