To make it easier for people to travel after car parking and to their cars, Hyundai and Kia cars will come with an e-Scooter attached inside. You can now ride to and from your car on an e-scooter that comes with it.
To ease out last-mile connectivity issues, Hyundai Motor Group has built a new prototype of a scooter for its customers. The concept scooter is a part of company's plan to solve first and last-mile delivery to the customers of Hyundai and Kia.
What does this mean for the Customers?
This means that you will get an electric scooter integrated in your car. Once you get off the car, you can ride the scooter to your destination. And you can ride back to your car on the same scooter. The scooter can be folded and attached again in the car.
So you can say goodbye to walking after the parking lot, or taking a rickshaw to the destination.
What are the Features of this e-Scooter?
The scooter is built on its initial concept unveiled at the CES 2017. The latest model powers the rear wheel of the scooter for better stability and weight distribution. Engineers at Hyundai, have equipped the front wheel of the scooter with a shock absorber to enable smooth ride for Hyundai and Kia car owners at bumpy roads.
- The concept scooter will be powered by a 10.5Ah lithium-ion battery that will provide a range of 20 kilometres and a maximum speed of 20 kmph.
- Hyundai’s electric scooter gets charged automatically through electricity generated while driving the vehicle. You just need to mount it properly on the go and drive.
- Hyundai has managed to keep the weight of the scooter at 7.7 kilograms to ensure it stays convenient to ride and carry.
- It can be folded for easy storage inside the car.
- The scooter also comes equipped with two powerful LED headlamp and two tail lights for safe riding during the night time.
- There is also a digital display that provides battery status information and shows the speedometer.
Hyundai engineers are testing regenerative braking system on the scooter to enhance the range of the portable electronic vehicle by up to 7 percent.
What does the World Say?
The head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Team, DongJin Hyun said that the vehicle-mounted personal scooter feature on Hyundai and Kia models would make the lives of customers more convenient. The idea behind the scooter is also to decrease vehicular traffic and pollution.
The electric scooter is boon in countries like China, Europe and the USA where vehicle owners are required to park their vehicles in designated parking and walk all the way to their end destination. However, this concept is still not applicable in India given its congested roads and allowed parking at most places.
The efforts to help customers with last-mile connectivity are backed by data released by McKinsey & Company which highlights that the ‘Last-Mile Mobility’ market is Europe, China and the USA is poised to reach 500 Billion USD by 2030.
It would be interesting to see how successful this idea is in India.
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