Volkswagen E-Scooter Concept spotted in Shanghai

By KBB.com Editors on April 29, 2011 10:48 AM

Offering a first look at a potential new direction in its personal mobility portfolio, Volkswagen unveiled a battery-powered two-wheeled alternative last week in China. A bit less flashy than similar offerings presented last summer in Paris by Smart and Mini, the Volkswagen E-Scooter Concept is fitted with a 350-watt motor powered by a small nickel-metal hydride battery pack that's light enough to be easily removed and taken indoors for recharging.

Designed with the needs of the Chinese market in mind -- a place that already accounts for EV scooter sales of some 20 million annually -- the Volkswagen E-Scooter in this configuration can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge and reach speeds of 30 mph. However, should the program be given the green light, VW noted that both its range and performance can be easily enhanced by fitting a larger 700-watt motor and transitioning to a more efficient lithium-ion battery pack and range-extending regenerative braking to better accommodate requirements of buyers in other countries. While the E-Scooter Concept presented at the Shanghai show was meant to be an entry level iteration that would also be suitable for potential daily rental duties, VW indicated that a production variant being considered for launch sometime next year also could be offered in a premium trim grade with the same kind of trick features seen on the Smart and Mini two-wheel EVs.

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