Agreement between the companies underpins Seat’s ambition to become a benchmark in electric urban mobility solutions
Automotive company Seat has partnered with Segway to introduce an electric scooter in response to the growing demand for last-mile electric urban mobility.
The eXS KickScooter, powered by Segway, will be unveiled at the Smart City Expo World Congress, this week (Barcelona, 13-15 November), where visitors will have the chance to take it for a test run.
The strategic agreement between the companies underpins Seat’s ambition to become a benchmark in electric urban mobility solutions.
As part of its easy mobility strategy, Seat said its objective is to build its product and service portfolio by presenting new solutions to the market in the framework of urban mobility. In this sense, within the Volkswagen Group’s micro-mobility strategy, the group’s different brands plan to launch urban mobility solutions in the future.
“We aim to make Seat a benchmark in micro-mobility,” said Lucas Casasnovas, product marketing director, Seat. “Our aim is to ensure that everyone who lives in an urban setting is familiar with the options offered by Seat for getting around the city in an economical, sustainable, agile and fun way.”
The automaker said the high technology, efficiency and sustainability of Segway’s products were key factors in implementing the partnership. Following its acquisition by transportation robotics start-up Ninebot in 2015, Segway has launched several micro mobility solutions for the consumer market.
Adapting to the changing city landscape and the mobility needs of our customers is an important part of Seats’s strategy"
According to Seat, the eXS enables users to cover the remaining distance of any trip, even reaching places which are difficult for cars to access. Thanks to its large 8-inch diameter wheels, Seat claims it is easy to ride and its front and rear suspensions give it smooth handling. The battery and engine combination enables it to travel up to 25km/h.
The eXS is also equipped with front and rear LED lights, customisable ambient light, an LCD screen, cruise control and an anti-theft deterrent, and an additional battery can be connected to increase its range, which reaches a maximum of 45km, depending on conditions.
Seat is currently looking for Spanish cities to implement a pilot test with a fleet of shared eXS that is open to the public. The recently created independent Seat group company, XMOBA, will be responsible for carrying out the tests order to study the potential of the eXS for improving mobility in urban centres.
"Adapting to the changing city landscape and the mobility needs of our customers is an important part of Seats’s strategy, and the eXS KickScooter is a great example of that,” added Richard Harrison, managing director of Seat UK.
“Although UK legislation around the use of electric scooters currently prohibits the use of such solutions, we look forward to that changing in the future.”
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