Depending on who you ask, Mercedes is a synonym for luxury, excellence, and a few other fantastic terms. However, the three-point star, thanks to the know-how of a Swiss firm, is now also interested in the e-scooter market.
Micro Mobility Systems AG is what the partner manufacturing the EQ eScooter is called, and if the exterior design looks familiar, that’s because at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the German automaker teased a prototype. Before we go into the technical details, let ‘s find out why, while more profits are to be made from building and servicing cars, Mercedes has entered this market.
Allowed on German roads since June 2019, electric scooters “are the perfect way to cover short distances quickly and without harming the environment. Specifically designed for the first or last mile,” the eScooter “is the perfect companion for those wanting flexible mobility solutions.”
Reading between the lines, Mercedes acknowledges that there is potential in this market, but did not want to go all out with an in-house design manufactured at a Mercedes plant because, given the relatively low demand for these vehicles, that would have cost too much. The German automaker holds costs under control by working with Micro while winning new customers with little in the way of marketing.
The eScooter weighs 13.5 kilograms (approximately 30 pounds) and comes with a 7.8-Ah battery with LG batteries, built from high-quality materials and featuring state-of-the-art components. The nominal rating of the electric motor driving the rear wheel is 250 Watts and peaks at 500 Watts, resulting in a maximum speed of 20 km / h (12.4 mph). Scope? That will, at most, be 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).
The Micro-Mercedes newcomer has dual-wheel suspension and 20-centimeter rubber in diameter for optimum riding comfort on rough surfaces, as opposed to most e-scooters on the market. Built to handle more than 5,000 kilometers (3,107 miles) until it becomes redundant and needs to be replaced, the eScooter even folds in a bus , train, or your personal car to be easily transported.
“Why does it have a license plate, though?” Well, a license plate for this type of vehicle as well as an operating license known as ABE are required by German legislation. The legislation also includes mandatory liability insurance for riding on public roads.