Published on October 11th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin0
Mercedes-Benz eScooter: The Cheapest Merc On Sale Now
A last mile mobility solution with a three-pointed star.
The latest product to wear the glamorous three-pointed star emblem is this, the Mercedes-Benz eScooter. A product that flies directly in the face of the firm’s recently announced intentions to move further upmarket, in addition to implementing servers streamlining and cost cutting measures.
Launched in collaboration with Swist micro mobility specialists Micro Mobility Systems AG, Mercedes Benz claims that the eScooter is the latest in the long line of ‘sustainable concepts’ by the world’s top selling premium automaker. Designed to be the demand for ‘flexible, individual mobility solutions, particularly in urban transport’, the eScooter is brings to the market ‘an emission-free solution for those last few miles of the journey’
Strip away all the marketing jargon however, reveals an electric scooter much like any other on the market today. Just that this one has a Mercedes badge on it, in addition to the Micro Mobility emblem that is co-branded on the handlebars.
That said, looking at the spec sheets, this eScooter is actually quite an interesting transportation device. Not least because it is actually road legal in Germany, where this electric scooter is being sold. Coming as standard with a license plate bracket, identification plate and ABE (the German general operating license), the only thing a rider needs to obtain before zipping around Berlin is statutory liability insurance.
Speaking of zipping around town, the performance specs on the eScooter would indicate that it would be a pretty nippy means of transport too. A 500 W single electric motor supposedly propels this 13.5 kg scooter to the heady heights of 20 km/h, the maximum speed permitted in Germany for a scooter. A single brake up front, with a rear drum brake and a foot brake on the protective plate at the rear meanwhile is responsible for bringing this scooter to a stop.
Fed by a 7.8 Ah battery pack beneath the non-slip kick board, the eScooter claims a riding range of up to 25 km. As for charging times, 70% charge using a domestic socket can be achieved in 2 hours using a domestic wall socket, while a full charge will take around 3 hours.
Fitted with front and rear suspension, in addition to riding on 20 cm diameter rubber wheels, riding the eScooter on the cobblestone streets of German cities shouldn’t be a back-breaking affair. Moreover, with front and rear lights, as well as side reflectors, riding in the dark is not a problem too.
What more, when reaching the destination, there is no need to find a parking space for the eScooter thanks to its intuitive folding mechanism. With just a press of the foot, the eScooter’s adjustable steering column will retract and its handlebars will fold down, transforming the electric scooter into a neat little package. Thus making it easier to store in the boot of a car or ‘taken easily on any type of public transportation’.
Moving on to the topic of technology and connectivity, like other vehicles in Mercedes’ current lineup, the eScooter features a digital screen too. Centrally mounted on the handlebars that display speed, battery level and riding mode. More impressively however is perhaps the bluetooth connectivity feature on this electric scooter. For which with the Micro app, more information can be accessed, including integrated navigation, in addition to other scooter settings, through the rider’s phone that can be mounted on the handlebars.
Built for longevity in mind, the Mercedes-Benz eScooter is said to last for 5,000 km. Seeing as it is just a scooter anyway, there shouldn’t be much that could go wrong. Thus, in a sense the eScooter could not only the cheapest but possibly the most reliable Mercedes in recent times too.
Sold just in Germany for the time being, perhaps this is the way forward for inner-city personal transportation. In all honesty though, it’ll probably be a long time coming before Malaysians transition from their cars to these scooters, even if this one does have a three-pointed star on it.
PRESS RELEASE: As a mobility service provider, Mercedes-Benz develops sustainable concepts for many aspects of mobility. With its new fully-electric EQ family, the company is already meeting the needs of a wide range of target groups, with innovative vehicles from smart EQ for the city to the EQV people carrier and the EQC, a reinterpretation of the SUV. Now, with the eScooter, Mercedes-Benz is going one step further, bringing to the market an emission-free solution for those last few miles of the journey. The Mercedes-Benz eScooter was designed with one thing in mind: longevity. The use of high-quality components and materials enables a mileage of over 5,000 kilometres. Thanks to its low weight and intuitive folding mechanism, the eScooter can be easily transported in the trunk or taken on public transport and scores top marks for range, safety and design.
The eScooter, which Mercedes-Benz is launching in collaboration with Swiss micro mobility specialists Micro Mobility Systems AG, is stylish, strong and convenient. It enables the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer to meet the need that many customers have for flexible, individual mobility solutions, particularly in urban transport. That proverbial extra mile is where the Mercedes-Benz eScooter can fully unfold its potential. Emission-free micro-mobility is a valuable component on the way to livable cities with an intelligent traffic mix and thus supports improving air quality. In addition, it corresponds perfectly to the modern urban lifestyle. Especially when using their own eScooter, the driver can rely on ideal and handy product at all times. And, since it can be taken anywhere, it does not pose any burden to the public space.
The elegant black design, with Mercedes-Benz and Micro co-branding on the steering column, appeals to aesthetes who want to stand out from the crowd and use a product that has been thought through in detail. The electric motor, with maximum 500 W power, quickly accelerates the eScooter to the 20 km/h permitted in Germany, and the 7.8 Ah battery gives a range of up to 25 km, ensuring that users can travel not only with speed and agility, but also in comfort and safe. The kickboard is wide and has a non-slip coating, with plenty of space for both feet. The eScooter has front and rear suspension and is fitted with 20 cm diameter rubber wheels that effortlessly handle uneven surfaces like cobblestones.
The retractable steering column is smoothly adjustable to the rider’s height. The ergonomically shaped handlebar features an accelerator on the right and brake on the left, plus an integrated bell. The centrally-mounted display shows the speed, battery level and riding mode at a glance.
For braking, the eScooter has a rear drum brake and a foot brake on the protective plate. The front and rear lights are suitable for use in road traffic, along with the side reflectors make it possible to ride any time, even in the dark.
A useful additional feature is the connectivity with the Micro app. The Mercedes-Benz eScooter connects via Bluetooth® to the smartphone, which can be attached to a bracket on the handlebar. Valuable information provided to the driver with about speed, distance, travel time and battery charge status can be accessed via the app. The integrated navigation system also shows the shortest route to the destination on the display. In addition, various functions such as light or driving mode of the eScooter, can be managed directly via the app.
The eScooter has an intuitive folding mechanism, which can be operated with just a press of the foot. The handlebars also fold down for convenient transportation before riding those last few miles. This means that it will fit into even a small trunk and can be taken easily on any type of public transportation, as additional bonus with its light weight of around 13.5 kg.
The eScooter charges in around 3-3.5 hours using a standard domestic socket, and reaches 70% charge in just over two hours. Mercedes-Benz is also planning to offer a Bluetooth® connection and a boot docking station in its vehicles, which will enable charging during the journey.
The Mercedes-Benz eScooter is approved for riding on public roads in Germany. The scooter meets all the necessary requirements, such as license plate bracket, identification plate and ABE [German general operating license], so the only thing the owner needs to obtain is statutory liability insurance.
About Micro Mobility Systems
Founded by Wim Ouboter, Micro Mobility Systems AG became famous worldwide in the 90s with the Micro Scooter. True to the vision of a “better urban lifestyle”, Micro now offers over 100 different mobility products for children, young people and adults, and ranks as a global market leader in the premium sector. The brand’s products range from popular kids’ scooters to stylish electric scooters and its latest coup, the Microlino electric car.
Weight: approx. 13.5 kg
Dimensions: Length: 980 mm; Height: 1096 mm; Width: 145 mm
Folded dimensions: Length: 928 mm; height: 340 mm; width: 145 mm
Engine power: nominal 250 Watt, peak 500 Watt
Battery: 7.8 Ah, 280 Wh, LG cells
Range: approx. 25 km
Max. Speed: 20 km/h
Charging time: 3-3.5 h
Tyre size: front 200 mm, rear 200 mm
Brakes: 3 (1 front and 2 rear)
Lights: front and rear
Suspension: front and rear
Approved for road use: yes