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Hyundai Motor Group has developed a new lithium-ion powered prototype electric scooter, based on the concept presented at CES2017 to allow for last-mile mobility of its customers
Hyundai Motor Group plans to enable first- and last-mile mobility through integrating an electric scooter into future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. When mounted within the vehicle, the scooter is charged automatically using electricity produced while driving, ensuring the user can complete their journey seamlessly.
The scooter weighs in at around 7.7kg and features a 3.6kWh lithium-ion battery, for a top speed of 20km per hour and a range of around 20km on a single charge. Additionally, Hyundai engineers have added suspension to the front wheel to provide a smoother ride, even on rough surfaces. Its tri-folding design means easy portability, and a digital display shows battery status and speed. It has two front LED headlights, and two rear tail lamps for safe riding at night. Lastly, there are plans to install a regenerative braking system to increase the scooter’s range by 7 per cent.
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 USD500 billion by 2030.
DongJin Hyun, head, Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Team, said, “This is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter which could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres.”
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