Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT has unveiled its first ever motorcycle, an electric e-Scooter concept.
SEAT designer Joan Melenchon says: “We mostly wanted it to be a vehicle that is straightforward, iconic and practical. We steered away from making a visually minimalist package, concentrating instead on its pared down utility.”
Its maker says that while the e-Scooter concept has been developed for all motorcyclists, the design is geared more towards ‘motosharing’.
The vehicle comes with two USB input sockets and a place to hold a mobile phone. A phone app can monitor where the bike is located and track its battery usage and the battery is easily removed from the bike and charged inside.
Powered by an 11kW motor, roughly equivalent to a 125cc petrol engine, and goes 0-31mph (50kph) in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 62mph. The company says it could cost the average biker just £1 per week in running costs. With a fully-charged range of 71 miles, it typically cost just 60-70p to fully charge.
The SEAT electric motorcycle is the Spanish firm’s latest response to urban motoring and follows this month’s launch of the Mii Electric, its first ever zero emission car. The e-Scooter was unveiled in Barcelona in a partnership with Silence, and will enter full production next year.
“We aim to become an ally for cities and the SEAT e-Scooter concept is the answer to public demand for a more agile mobility,” says Lucas Casasnovas, head of urban mobility at SEAT.
“Our collaboration with Silence is an example of how cooperation between partners enables us to be more efficient.”
SEAT is spearheading the Volkswagen Group’s ‘micromobility’ strategy, and has also built a 100 per cent electric quadricycle called Minimo.
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