Far-flung parking spot? Traffic with just a few miles to go? No problem!

Late last month, while unveiling the new 3008 crossover, Peugeot also revealed its intentions to produce a new electrically assisted scooter called the e-Kick. Designed to “cover the ‘last-mile’ of any journey,” the e-Kick is the product of a partnership between the French automaker and Micro Mobility, a Swiss company focused on urban mobility solutions. The e-Kick offers “electric assistance based on user movements,” with a range of 12 km (7.5 miles) and speeds up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph).

A lithium-ion battery housed in the foot platform provides the juice, while the rider gives a little extra human push power to make up the difference. The electric motor is integrated directly with the rear wheel, while a foot brake offers regenerative capabilities to keep the battery fresh. The whole thing weighs in at 8.5 kg (18.7 pounds). The handlebar was designed by Peugeot Design Lab, and allows the e-Kick to fold up quickly for compact storage. It’ll also let you roll the e-Kick on the front wheel without the need to physically carry it, which is helpful in crowded areas, or if you run out of electricity.

The e-Kick will also fit into a “dockstation” in the trunk of the new 3008, charging it up on the commute and providing a secondary transport option when needed. Alternatively, the scooter can top off from an external plug in about an hour.

Look for the e-Kick to go on sale sometime towards the end of the year.

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Why It Matters

Peugeot To Offer New Electrically Assisted Scooter
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In case you were unaware, Peugeot doesn’t just make cars – it also produces a large selection of bicycles, including electric “hybrids.” That makes the e-Kick a pretty natural fit for the company.

But beyond the product lineup, the e-Kick/3008 combo is just the latest addition to a growing list of transportation solution mash-ups we’ve been seeing recently. The closest comparison that comes to mind is Audi’s 2016 Connected Mobility Concept, which offered up an electric longboard that popped out of the rear bumper for about 7.5 miles of extra travel. Or there’s the 2015 Rinspeed Etos Concept and 2014 Renault Kwid Concept, both of which came equipped with a drone for remote reconnaissance and/or item delivery.

The point is this – cars are quickly becoming much more than what they used to be. Like phones that gained cameras and web browsers to become “information solutions,” cars will most likely gain whatever extra features are deemed necessary to become “transportation solutions.”

Which begs the question – what are the must-have gadgets for the automobile of tomorrow?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Peugeot

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