E-Tron Scooter: Audi goes to the electric scooter

Midway between electric scooters and skateboarding, Audi’s E-Tron Scooter will be available at the end of 2020.

This is the little surprise of the summer on the side of Audi. The German manufacturer has just unveiled an electric scooter! Or more exactly, a hybrid vehicle halfway between the electric scooter and the skateboard. The e-Tron Scooter is a four-wheeled board that moves using the tilt of the body, like a skateboard, but offers more stability thanks to a handlebar that can be held with one hand.

The battery, the electronics, and the display are integrated into the handle. The e-Tron Scooter can travel up to 20 km / h, acceleration being by means of a handle. Audi announces a range of 20 kilometers, which is partly provided by a braking energy recovery system.

The e-tron Scooter is equipped with a Led lighting system and a hydraulic foot brake.  © Audi

An Elitist Rate

The e-Tron Scooter weighs 12 kg and can be folded into the trunk of a car or maneuvered on public transport. Audi imagines use cases where the vehicle would be offered as an option to buyers of its e-Tron electric SUV. It could be loaded into the trunk of the car through a dedicated socket and would serve to link a parking area or a charging station and the final destination. Fleets of e-Tron Scooter could also be deployed in some “modern urban districts”,  Dixit Audi.

The attractive concept on paper, the e-Tron Scooter, unfortunately, does not play at all the map of democratization since it will cost 2,000 euros to offer it when it will be released in late 2020. A high price for a gear performance all in all very modest compared to those of electric scooters much more affordable. Personally, we are more excited about Yamaha’s Tritown electric tricycle.