Thanks to an unorthodox design, you’ll have one hand free, but we hope it’s not for text messaging

Well, we guess this one was coming sooner or later: Audi has just launched an electric scooter that has e-tron embedded in its name and we can’t stop wondering how come the announcement came just a month or so after BMW highlighted plans to build its own such contraption. Nonetheless, is this a sign that carmakers are looking to branch out into other sectors that involve some sort of means of transportation? Well, it could very well be, provided the numerous study they carry out have pointed that this would be a profitable piece of the pie. And we know for sure that people have the hots for electric scooters to the same amount they crave crossovers. Therefore, from a theoretical view, selling e-scooters might bring some extra profit to a car manufacturer. After all, some of them have been building bikes for quite some time (think Porsche and BMW, for a change) so moving on to electric scooters doesn’t seem that much of a stretch, does it?

Audi e-tron Scooter - What is it?

Audi's New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand
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Well, it’s an electric scooter that borrows a name Audi has been so far using for its cars. The Audi e-tron Scooter is, according to Ingolstadt, “responding to the urban trends towards multi-modal mobility” and has been designed for “sporty riders.” PR talk aside, the design and execution behind this e-scooter are a tad different than what we’ve seen so far on the e-scooter market in the sense that they try to break the rules when it comes to how will users steer the scooter and where the batteries are placed. Allow us to explain.

Audi e-tron Scooter - Design

Audi’s new e-scooter looks like any other scooter out there. But at a closer look, you’ll spot a couple of distinctive traits.

One of them is the handlebar. Instead of going for a T-shaped construction, Audi went for an elongated pentagon of sorts with its base up and the stretched tip pointing down. This, says Audi, allows you to control the scooter with just one hand. Which brings us to design quirk number two. Most of the steering and controlling is down by shifting weight on the scooter, whose base works like that of a skateboard. This works thanks to movable axles and four wheels instead of two, a solution that allows for tight turning and better handling composure.

Moreover, the steering handle also houses the battery and the scooter’s electronic guts. Which is a tad nonconventional, since most e-scooters use their underbelly (i.e. the board you keep your feet on) to store these components.

Acceleration is done at the twist of a grip and we’re told that the e-tron scooter can go for 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) on a full charge, which is not bad at all.

The foot brake is hydraulic and there’s even an energy recuperation system integrated within the brakes. As for top speed, the Audi e-tron scooter tops out at 20 km/h (12.5 mph) which is just right for use in the crowded city. On the safety front, besides the brake setup and all that, the scooter is also fitted with the LED lights required by EU regulations: headlight, daytime running light, rear light, and brake light.

Audi's New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand
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Unfortunately, Audi doesn’t mention details like battery capacity or how long it takes to fully charge it, so we’re guessing these details are bound to surface closer to the e-tron scooter’s market launch which is planned to happen “at the end of 2020.” Audi says it can be purchased by private buyers but it’s also a solution for fleets, but the carmakers is also looking at the possibility of offering it to those who buy its e-tron-badged cars. Then, charging could take place right in the car’s trunk via a dedicated socket.

Audi's New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand
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Audi E-Tron Scooter Specs
Weight 12 kilos (26 pounds)
Range 20 km (12.5 mi)
Top speed 20 km/h (12.5 mph)
Price €2,000 (roughly $2,236)

Further reading

2019 Audi E-tron Quattro
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Read our full review on the 2019 Audi E-tron Quattro.

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